Charles Kauffman

Charles Kauffman

Senior Editor

Charles Kauffman is the Senior Editor of the company’s monthly newsletter, Cargo Facts and weekly e-mail publication Cargo Facts Update. He holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington, and an MA in International Relations from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Charles speaks Mandarin and Spanish.

Boeing delivers first 767-300F at higher production rate

On Monday, Boeing delivered a 767-300F (63114) to FedEx [FAT 005327] While the aircraft represents one of many recent deliveries for the express giant, this was Boeing’s first 767 delivery at the increased production rate of three units per month. The 767 is currently a bright spot across Boeing’s product portfolio. Apart from plans to […]

CF EMEA: ATSG throttles ahead with 767 conversions

FRANKFURT — U.S.-based lessor Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) has acquired a trio of ex-LATAM 767-300ERs for use as conversion feedstock. Two of the aircraft (29228 and 29229) are already in conversion at IAI’s facility in Tel Aviv (TLV). Cargo Facts caught up with Mike Berger, chief commercial officer of CAM’s parent company ATSG, at Cargo […]

ASL grows its 737 Classic fleet

ASL Airlines Ireland has added a 737-400F (29204, ex-Yamal Airlines) on lease from Royal Aero GmbH [FAT 005319].   The delivery highlights the willingness of ACMI operators to continue adding to their fleets 737 Classic conversions while feedstock for 737 NG conversions remains in short supply. Last week at Cargo Facts EMEA in Frankfurt, panelists in a roundtable discussion on the topic of freighter conversions […]

AirBridgeCargo finds workaround for coronavirus cancellations

Earlier this week, Russia-based AirBridgeCargo (ABC) canceled scheduled freighter flights into China and Hong Kong as the country’s air export volumes remain low due to disruptions related to the new coronavirus. Until flights resume, the carrier has been operating a limited number of charter flights from Europe to China, with a stop in Krasnoyarsk, Russia […]

Cargometer wins Cargo Facts EMEA 2020 DEMOvation challenge

FRANKFURT – Austria-based freight-dimensioning company Cargometer beat out four other logistics technology startups to take home the top prize at this year’s Cargo Facts EMEA DEMOvation challenge on Feb. 5. The five startups presented live demos for audience polling and a final judging round conducted by air cargo industry professionals and members of the Cargo […]

Altavair widebody fleet purchase could accelerate A330P2F conversions

Seattle-based Altavair signed a $1 billion agreement to acquire thirty-eight widebody aircraft currently owned by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways. The acquisition includes sixteen 777-300ERs, sixteen A330-200s and six A330-300s. Altavair is considering freighter conversion as an option for the A330s, a move that could quickly accelerate the introduction of A330P2Fs. Although a large market has […]

Kalitta converts freighter into pax configuration for Wuhan evacuation ops

Kalitta Air temporarily installed passenger seats on one of its 747-400Fs in order to evacuate more than 200 Americans from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus. The aircraft (26413, ex-Korean Air) was chartered by the U.S. State Department. At numerous MRO sites around the world, aircraft that previously operated in passenger configuration can […]

737 Combi fleet shrinks for now

Canada-based Avmax took redelivery of a 737-400F (25100, ex-Alaska) following conversion to full-freighter configuration by PEMCO [FAT 005305]. Avmax acquired a total of five 737-400 Ms, or combis, in May 2018 and including 25100, has converted two to full-freighter configuration. While Avmax had been considering full-freighter conversion as an option for the other three combis […]
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