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.

AEI redelivers first conversion of 4Q, an MD-83SF to TSM

On Tuesday, AEI redelivered an MD-83SF (53122) to Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM [FAT 005157]. The aircraft was the first freighter-converted aircraft to be redelivered in 4Q19. 53122 completed conversion at Commercial Jet’s Miami facility on Sept. 25, and upon joining TSM’s fleet, becomes the carrier’s eleventh freighter-converted MD-80F. TSM has at least one more MD-83 that […]

Boeing delivers a trio of 777Fs in a single day, buoying 3Q deliveries

On Sep. 30,  Everett Paine Field (PAE) resembled Memphis (MEM) with the frequency of 777F departures . Over the course of a single day, Boeing delivered three 777Fs to two different carriers. While we recall double-deliveries in the past, three large widebody freighters in a single day appears to be a record for Boeing. Production […]

WestJet expands cargo team as 787 fleet grows

On Oct. 1, Calgary-headquartered WestJet Cargo will begin transitioning domestic cargo sales ops to a newly established in-house sales team. Previously, domestic and Canadian export sales were handled through a GSA partner. Growth of the internal cargo team follows WestJet’s January decision to increase the visibility and expectations of its cargo division by bringing it […]

21 Air begins flying for AeroMexico Cargo [VIDEO]

Earlier this month, a 21 Air operated 767-200BDSF (23803) emerged from heavy maintenance and began operating on an ACMI-basis for AeroMéxico Cargo [FAT 005149]. Previously, ABX Air had operated a 767-200BDSF for AeroMéxico Cargo. 21 Air has a second 767-200BDSF (23801) that is finishing up a C Check in Georgia, and will soon reenter service. […]

C Cubed Aerospace inducts A320 for conversion

California-based C Cubed Aerospace acquired an A320 airframe and inducted the aircraft for conversion to freighter configuration at FMS in Kansas City (MCI), C Cubed confirmed to Cargo Facts. According to company estimates, touch labor is expected to wrap-up next summer, with flight tests commencing shortly after. The company would not identify an MSN, but […]

Collins Aerospace aims to complete Q300F in 4Q19, redeliver in 1Q20

Air Inuit and Collins Aerospace inducted a Dash-8-300 (MSN 300) for large cargo door conversion in April and expects to wrap up the conversion toward the end of this year. Once the conversion, which is being performed at Air Inuit's hangar facility in Montreal, is finished, STC certification is expected in 1Q20, with the first […]

Boeing delivers FedEx’s 43rd 777F

On Sept. 20, FedEx took delivery of a 777F (40672) from Boeing [FAT 005143]. The aircraft is FedEx’s 43rd 777F. According to the integrator’s latest Stat Book, as of August 2019, FedEx was committed to purchase sixteen 777Fs. Following the recent delivery, 777F commitments stand at fifteen units. We note that this figure varies slightly from […]
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