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.

ATSG will start flying for Amazon 767Fs previously operated by Atlas

Amazon is shifting 767-300Fs from Atlas Air to ATSG affiliate carrier Air Transport International (ATI) for CMI flying, Cargo Facts has learned. Although Atlas’ leasing affiliate, Titan Aviation Holdings, will continue to lease nineteen freighter-converted 767-300Fs to Amazon, CMI operations for at least two aircraft will be “assigned by Amazon to another provider,” Atlas confirmed […]

Cargo Facts Connect: Timing the launch of a P2F conversion program

Miami-based AEI has developed P2F Supplemental Type Certificates for ten jet models throughout its history. The company’s 737-800 SF program, announced in April 2014, was the first conversion program launched for an NG narrowbody In February of this year, the 737-800SF was certified by the FAA and subsequently redelivered to launch operator Ethiopian Airlines earlier this year.      In this inaugural episode of Cargo Facts Connect, we sit down with Robert Convey, SVP Sales & Marketing, AEI […]

As MD-80s exit passenger service, freighter-converted units take to the skies with Everts Air

On Sept. 4, American Airlines retired the last twenty-six McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft in its fleet. Even though the airframe remains in passenger service with Delta (which operates 62 of the type), fleet numbers are on the decline – at least for units in passenger service. Despite serving a niche market, the number of freighter-converted […]

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 […]
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