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.

Cainiao hires Atlas 747F to bridge Asia and Latin America

This month, Atlas Air commenced weekly flights to Sao Paulo (GRU) and Santiago (SCL) from Hong Kong (HKG) utilizing a 747-400F (29260). The flight segments are chartered by a partnership between Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, Cainiao, and freight forwarder Sinotrans, Cargo Facts has learned. Starting next week, Atlas will add a second weekly frequency between Asia […]

ACE Belgium Freighters resolves name dispute, to fly as Challenge Airlines

ACE Belgium Freighters is working with regulators in Belgium and the United States to change its name to Challenge Airlines (BE) S.A. The new name will put to rest a trademark dispute with U.S.-based Alaska Central Express, and is expected to advance the carrier’s receipt of a foreign air carrier permit from the U.S. Department […]

Absent the bellyhold, freighter fleet can’t handle cargo demand

The International Air Transport Association released its airfreight market analysis for April 2020, showing a 27.7% year-over-year drop in worldwide cargo traffic, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (CTKs), the steepest decline ever to be recorded by IATA. Traffic was lower not only as a result of weakening underlying demand from industrial sectors, but in response […]

Astral Aviation looks to 767 platform for growth

Kenya-based Astral Aviation plans to add to its fleet two freighter-converted 767Fs, Cargo Facts has learned. The medium-widebody freighters will soon complement the carrier’s existing large widebody fleet, and are expected to open up new routes in support of the region’s perishables exports. Astral expects to take a 767-200F within a matter of months, and […]

Boeing counters capacity crunch with pax mods

The Boeing modification team has developed solutions for airlines that facilitate cargo carriage on passenger aircraft, reflecting the reality that air cargo demand could outstrip capacity beyond the summer months. While regulators swiftly granted temporary exemptions allowing operators to utilize cabin space for medical equipment and humanitarian aid related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boeing is […]

Cessna SkyCourier commences flight testing

Textron Aviation completed a two hour and fifteen minute test flight for its in-development Cessna SkyCourier turboprop aircraft May 17. During the flight, test pilots evaluated the aircraft’s stability and control, as well as propulsion, environmental, flight controls and avionics systems. In the coming months, subsequent tests utilizing the prototype and other ground test units […]

BlackRock fund hedges aviation bet with freighters

Aviation Holdings III, a pooled private equity fund from BlackRock, is diversifying its portfolio with an order for three 737-800SF freighter conversions from Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) and the acquisition of three 747-400Fs [FATs 005405-5409]. Although BlackRock’s previous aviation funds have held freighters, the current weakness of the passenger market brought about by the COVID-19 […]

747-400 most sought-after freighter in April FATs

Large widebody freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) have accelerated to eight, up from just three in March as COVID-19 disruptions pushed previously-idled 747-400 and similarly-sized freighters back into service. A total of three 747-400Fs were acquired during the month of April as Western Global Airlines added a production 747-400F (29258, ex-Atlas Air) and as Moldova-based Aerotranscargo […]
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