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.

FAA, Boeing backpedal on repair approval hurdle for freighter conversions

Boeing and the FAA have come to terms on how to approve structural repairs for freighter conversions and other aircraft altered by a non-Boeing STC, as long as the repair does not encompass an area affected by the STC. Earlier this month, Boeing told customers that STC holders would be responsible for approving all structural […]

Outgoing United 757s could make great freighters, but fleet retirement depends on MAX reentry

United Airlines had planned to to start retiring its fleet of 757-200/300s beginning in 2020, but Andrew Nocella, the company’s COO recently told journalists the retirement schedule will now depend on when the 737 MAX reenters service. Last year, United announced it would use 737 MAX 10s to replace outgoing 757-200s. Given the continued popularity […]

CFS 2019: How will operators with low-utilization rates be able to upgrade to modern narrowbody freighters?

SAN DIEGO – Although conversion houses and OEMs have began redelivering 737-700 and 737-800 freighters, most aircraft redelivered to date are in service on behalf of global express carriers. At current acquisition prices, operators with lower utilization rates compared to express carriers face will face greater difficulty when they turn to modern narrowbody freighters, the […]

Boeing to bring 737-800BCF conversion line to GAMECO

Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co., Ltd. (GAMECO) and Boeing today announced plans to establish a third conversion site for the 737-800BCF at GAMECO’s Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) facility. The first aircraft is expected to be inducted for conversion in 2020. Additional conversion lines had been expected following a flurry of 737-800BCF orders at this year’s […]

Royal Air Maroc considering additional 767-300Fs

After more than a year of widebody freighter operations, which began in June 2018 with a 767-300BCF, Casablanca-based Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is preparing to expand its freighter network and fleet. Over the next few years the carrier plans to add freighters, Salim Quouninich, VP Cargo, Royal Air Maroc, told Cargo Facts. Although a decision […]

货运事实的空运会议 第一天要点编译

圣地亚哥 – 货运事实的空运会不仅吸引了来自亚太地区的业界人士,还吸引了来自五湖四海的航空业各个方面的重要参与者。买家、卖家、金融家、服务提供商和航空公司相聚一堂,相互交流,共同讨论空运行业的未来发展。 第一天要点编译 737-800虽然目前在结构上发现一些麻烦问题,但与会者普遍还是认为长期看不会影响其最受欢迎的窄体机改装机型的地位 虽然IAI正式宣布启动了777-300ERSF项目,但连同777PF(原装货机)一起,并不能完全取代象747-400F和AN-124这样具有前鼻装载功能的大型宽体货机 DHL对CRJ-200改装货机表现出一定的兴趣,认为这个机型可以作为其枢纽到二级,二级到三级网络的一个补充。 立即登记参观下一个会议在法兰克福,欧洲空运会议2020   

CFS 2019: Program delays and tight feedstock supply constrain in-flux narrowbody conversion market

SAN DIEGO – Conversion houses and OEMs have developed, or are in various stages of developing, a new generation of narrowbody freighter conversion programs based on the A320-family and 737-NG platforms. Although operator demand remains strong, redeliveries have yet to reach their full potential, according to panelists on a conversion panel last week at Cargo […]
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