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.

SF Airlines adds second 747-400ERF

Shenzhen-based SF Airlines’ second 747-400ERF (35174, ex-Jade Cargo) has officially joined the carrier’s freighter fleet [FAT 005129]. Including the 757-200PCF (29441, ex-TUI Airways) redelivered to SF last week, the carrier’s fleet now numbers 57 freighters. The widebody freighter was one of a pair of 747-400ERFs SF won in an auction that took place on Alibaba’s […]

SF Airlines’ 757F fleet reaches 30 units with latest Precision redelivery

Earlier this week, Shenzhen-based SF Airlines took redelivery of a 757-200PCF (29441, ex-TUI Airways) following conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions at the AMECO facility in Chengdu (CTU) [FAT 005119]. This is the carrier’s thirtieth 757-200F and fifty-sixth freighter. How many more 757-200Fs might be joining SF’s fleet? Cargo Facts believes the carrier […]

After latest UPS delivery, Boeing’s 747-8F order backlog slips into the teens

Following a delivery to UPS last week (64263) [FAT 005115], Boeing’s order backlog for the 747-8F now stands at just nineteen units. Of the nineteen-unit 747-8F backlog, most future deliveries will go to UPS, which still has fifteen of the type remaining on firm order with Boeing. As for the other four units in Boeing’s […]

FedEx adds 75th 767-300F

Yesterday, FedEx Express took delivery of its 75th 767-300F (64057) from Boeing during a ceremony held at the manufacturer’s Paine Field (PAE) Delivery Center [FAT 005114]. Following the delivery, at least 50 more of the aircraft are on firm order with Boeing. In celebration of the milestone, Cargo Facts decided to dig into the archives […]

ACE Belgium puts first 747-400BCF into scheduled service

On Sunday, a 747-400BCF (24227, ex-CAL Cargo Air Lines) operated by ACE Belgium Freighters touched down in New York (JFK) for the first time, marking the startup carrier’s formal launch of scheduled commercial flights after a three-month period during which the aircraft was in heavy maintenance. Although ACE Belgium Freighters just received a Belgian Air […]

ASL Airlines 747-400ERF still stuck in Nanchang after aborted takeoff

ASL Airlines Belgium is down a 747-400ERF. On August 23, a 747-400ERF (33516) operated by ASL Airlines Belgium was en-route to Liege (LGG) from Nanchang (KHN) when the crew rejected the takeoff. While decelerating, the aircraft’s brakes overheated and deflated fourteen of the tires. The crew managed to safely evacuate the aircraft from the upper […]

China Air Cargo adds first MA-600F, prepares to restart under new ownership

Last week, China Air Cargo (previously AVIC Cargo Airlines), celebrated the delivery of its first purpose-built MA-600F. The turboprop freighter joins the carrier’s fleet of two 757-200PCFs – neither of which have been operating recently – and signals an imminent restart for the company. One of a number of startup cargo carriers to launch in […]
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