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.

Freighters resist quarantine and spring back into action, for now

On March 15, ACE Belgium Freighters added to its fleet a second 747-400, an ERF variant (35169, ex-Jade Cargo) that previously operated on the AOC of affiliate carrier Israel-based CAL Cargo [FAT 005356]. After sitting idle since its ferry flight to Liege (LGG) on Feb. 2, the aircraft has since completed two roundtrip flights between […]

Widebody wind down seen in February freighter aircraft transactions

For the first time since 2015, there was a net reduction to large widebody capacity for the month of February 2020.  Five large widebody freighters were removed as CargologicAir, FedEx and Lufthansa Cargo parked or retired freighters. During the same period, just four large widebody freighters were added to the fleets of DHL Express, Cargolux […]

Amerijet secures 767 ETOPs, targets trans-Atlantic lane

On March 12, U.S.-based Amerijet International secured extended-range twin-engine operations, or ETOPS, approval that increases the maximum diversion time for its 767F fleet to 180 minutes. The FAA rating defines how much flying time an aircraft can be from an alternate airport and, in Amerijet’s case, will enable fewer stopovers and more direct flight paths […]

Boeing to renew medium and large widebody freighter offerings

At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's annual Aviation Summit last week in Washington, D.C., Boeing Commercial CEO Stan Deal said the company plans to update product offerings in both the medium and large-widebody freighter segments. While decisions regarding models and platforms are still being finalized, Deal confirmed that product renewal continues for freighters in the […]

Lockheed certifies Hercules training center, prepares to deliver first LM-100J

Lockheed Martin opened a new training center at its Marietta, Ga., campus for the Hercules platform. The FAA issued Part 142 and Level-D certification for the facility, which will enable training across both military and commercial variants of Lockheed’s C-130J Hercules. The center opens as Lockheed Martin prepares to deliver the first LM-100J, a commercial […]

ANA Cargo hands over third 767-300BCF to CAM

Japan-based ANA Cargo transferred a 767-300BCF (24400) to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), the leasing arm of ATSG. The aircraft was ferried from Tokyo (HND) to Wilmington (ILN) via Anchorage (ANC), arriving March 2 [FAT 005098]. This is the third 767-300BCF ANA Cargo sold to CAM as part of an August 2019 agreement. Following conformity, the aircraft […]

As fleet surpasses 100, ATSG may slow acquisitions

Air Transport Services Group’s in-service fleet increased by 63% from 60 units to 98, during the three-year period between Dec. 31, 2016, and Dec. 2019. Indefinite growth at this tempo is not, however, guaranteed. During the company’s 4Q19 earnings call, the company's President Rich Corrado told analysts that if the market slows, ATSG could prioritize […]

EFW获得A321客改货项目合格证

空中客车公司和新科宇航公司的合资企业EFW已经从欧洲航空安全局(EASA)为其A321的客改货项目获得补充型号合格证(STC)。 EFW告诉《货运事实》,EASA在2月20日授予了该证书,因此A321P2F改装项目可以开始重新交付了。但EFW表示,其第一架飞机(835,此前属于Onur航空公司)是在2018年年底前被送到位于新加坡的新科宇航公司改装场地(XSP)的,并于今年1月开始飞行测试,而应澳洲航空公司(Qantas)的要求,该架飞机将接受额外的改进和升级,而澳航也将从位于卢森堡的Vallair租赁835机组。 澳航在2019年8月份宣布将引进最多3个A321P2F的改装项目,作为其与澳洲邮政签署的某项七年协议期后延展的一部分。当首架飞机在10月份投入使用时,该航空公司将成为该类型飞机的首发运营者。 澳航最近与Keystone Holdings(新科宇航和 SJ Aviation Capital的50比50的合资企业)签署了第二个A321P2F客改货项目意向书。该架飞机(1408,此前属于精神航空公司)目前仍在澳航的低成本子公司捷星航空作为客机服役,并预计将在完成XSP的改装后于2021年年终时被重新交付。 第二架将由EFW改装的A321(1238,此前属于托马斯库克航空公司)在圣诞节当天被运送至XSP并在1月份接受改装。预计该架飞机将在今年年底前被重新交付给总部位于英国的泰坦航空公司,该公司将从BBAM公司租赁该架飞机。该航空公司计划增加总计三个A321P2F改装项目。
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