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.

747F era coming to an end at EVA Air Cargo

Taiwan-based EVA Air Cargo is planning to operate its last scheduled 747-400BDSF freighter flight on 2 June, according to the carrier’s online freighter schedule. With the aircraft’s retirement imminent, delivery of EVA’s last remaining 777F on order with Boeing is expected shortly. If no further schedule changes are made, the lone remaining 747-400F in EVA’s […]

Atran’s new Cainiao cross-border flight one piece to carrier’s 737-800BCF puzzle

Russia-based Atran will operate a weekly scheduled flight between Hangzhou (HGH) and Riga (RIX) via Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and other intermediate airports for Alibaba’s logistics-arm, Cainiao. The flight will utilize the carrier’s sole 737-800BCF, which Atran added to its fleet in January (32616, ex-NOK air) on lease from GECAS [FAT 004768]. Although the new route […]

Announcing the Cargo Facts Symposium 2019 agenda

Today, Cargo Facts officially released the agenda for the 25th annual Cargo Facts Symposium, to be held 16-18 October at the Intercontinental San Diego. Registration is now open!  Cargo Facts Symposium brings together an exclusive group of air cargo industry professionals from all facets of the industry, including those involved in aircraft appraisal and finance, mid-life asset management, passenger-to-freighter conversion, and much more.   This year’s agenda was carefully crafted to include discussion of the most […]

CFA: Steeper engine costs are the reality for 737 NG conversions [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held last month in Shanghai, executives from AEI and Boeing discussed some of the factors contributing to steeper conversion costs for 737 NG conversions, compared to 737-300s and -400s. According to panelists, the main contributor to steeper costs is engines. “The NG […]

Nanjing aviation project to launch IAI’s 777 P2F program?

Update 14 May: After this article was published, IAI later confirmed it "does not have a contract with anyone regarding a 777 cargo conversion program," but did not elaborate regarding any ongoing discussions with potential partners. After years of evaluating the potential for a passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the 777 airframe (see our first mention […]
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