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.

Introducing the Cargo Facts Symposium 2020 Appraisers

More than half a year into the COVID-19 pandemic—perhaps the most disruptive black swan ever to hit aviation—aircraft values are starting to respond. Cargo Facts is pleased to announce Olga Razzhivina, Director, Oriel, will take stock of the trajectory of aircraft values and will moderate an appraiser’s roundtable at this year’s Cargo Facts Symposium. The […]

Boeing 2020 CMO: Freighters resilient but not immune to COVID challenges

The global freighter fleet is expected to grow to 3,260 freighters over the next two decades, representing an increase of 63% from the current fleet of 2,010 freighters, according to an update to Boeing’s Commercial Market Outlook (CMO). Compared to passenger aircraft, the dislocation from the COVID-19 crisis to freighter demand is expected to be […]

Covid-19 alleviates slot shortage at AMS, coordination issues remain

For the first time since 2016, aircraft movements at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) will not come close to reaching the Dutch government’s cap of 500,000 movements. Despite the unutilized slots and capacity at the airport, some peak season charter requests are in limbo and could be refused due to EU-level administrative delays, according to the […]

West Atlantic shuffles fleet ahead of Brexit

Without a clear vision for what the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit aviation relationship with the European Union will look like, carriers with multiple AOCs scattered across the region are preemptively moving aircraft to avoid possible disruptions. Sweden-headquartered West Atlantic has begun moving aircraft from its U.K.-based carrier, West Atlantic UK, to other affiliate airlines based in […]

Lufthansa grows 777F fleet, continues to fly MD-11Fs

Lufthansa Cargo has taken delivery of a 777F from Boeing (66912), growing its own-operated 777F fleet to nine units [FAT 005642]. The twin-engine freighters, being added to replace the six remaining MD-11Fs in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet, will operate alongside the tri-engine aircraft beyond the end of this year. Although fleet plans originally called for […]

Rostrum fuels 737-300F fleet growth

Indonesia-based Tri-M.G. Intra Asia Airlines has added to its fleet a 737-300F (28401, ex-Southwest Airlines). Once in service, the carrier’s 737-300F fleet will grow to four units. Unit 28401 was converted by PEMCO at the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co., Ltd. (STAECO) facility in Jinan (TNA) for Rostrum Leasing. Although the conversion was completed last […]

757 conversions set to rebound in 2021

757-200 feedstock liberated from passenger service as a result of the COVID-19 crisis has catalyzed demand for freighter conversions. After 757-200 conversions peaked in 2018, with nineteen redeliveries — seventeen from Precision Aircraft Solutions and two from ST Engineering — the number of 757-200s converted in 2019 dropped to eleven units, according to the Cargo […]

American’s Tyler to discuss cargo-only ops and more at CFS

Cargo Facts is pleased to announce that Jessica Tyler, president of cargo and vice president of airport excellence of American Airlines, has joined the Cargo Facts Symposium 2020 speaker faculty. Tyler will join other distinguished industry peers on a virtual roundtable session titled, “Refiling air cargo’s flight plan: Growth opportunities and obstacles in airfreight,” on Tuesday, […]
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