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.

Grounded IAI-converted 737Fs returning to service following approval of interim fix

On Dec. 11, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) informed operators of a manufacturing noncompliance issue with the rigid barrier (9G) systems installed on some IAI-converted 737s freighter causing operators to temporarily ground up to 40 aircraft. On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) approving an interim fix and by Saturday, some […]

Swiftair’s Cygnus Air adds first of three planned 757-200PCFs from Jetran

Spain-based Swiftair added a 757-200PCF this week (24613, ex-American Airlines) following conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions at Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville, Florida.  [FATs 00525-005259]. The aircraft was the first of three Swiftair-bound conversions ordered by Jetran and will be operating for Swiftair’s affiliate carrier, Cygnus Air, which the company acquired last […]

LATAM completes fleet renewal with redelivery of 767-300BCF

LATAM Cargo took redelivery of a 767-300BCF (34629) from Boeing [FAT 005254] earlier this month following conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing at the ST Engineering Aerospace facility at Singapore’s Paya Lebar Air Base (QPG). The aircraft was immediately placed on LATAM Cargo Colombia’s AOC and on Dec. 7, the aircraft commenced commercial revenue service […]

Increased 767 production rate boosts Dreamlifter utilization

Spirit AeroSystems delivered the first integrated forward fuselage for the 767 program to Boeing last week. The piece was delivered to Boeing’s Everett factory (PAE) from Spirit’s Wichita facility (IAB) by an Atlas Air-operated 747-400LCF, also known as a “Dreamlifter.” Spirit’s integrated section is a composite of four smaller components the company used to ship […]

AVIC forecasts China’s jet freighter fleet to triple by 2038

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) forecasts China’s jet freighter fleet to more than triple over the next twenty years, growing to 723 units, up from 161 today. While the company expects narrowbody freighters to comprise the bulk of the fleet in 2038 when an expected 330 units will be in service, large and […]

Air France-KLM Cargo’s Frédérique Pelger to speak at Cargo Facts EMEA 2020

Frédérique Pelger, Director Digital Commercial, Air France-KLM Cargo, has joined the Cargo Facts EMEA 2020 speaker faculty. Frédérique is in charge of the digital program of Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, focusing on innovation of the group’s online distribution channels. This includes the realization of Air France KLM Martinair’s myCargo platform as well as the […]

Aircraft Finance Germany eyes cargo conversions

Frankfurt-headquartered Aircraft Finance Germany (AFG) created the position “Head of Freighter Lease & Trading,” and has appointed Peter Koster, formerly in charge of business development at Vallair. While AFG does not have a history of holding onto a large portfolio of freighter conversions, the new position signals the company is taking a closer look at […]


10月17日,GECAS公司和以色列航空工业公司(IAI)宣布联合启动777-300ER客转货项目。 不只是该项目的一个客户的GECAS还与IAI合资申请了777-300ERSF的补充型号证书(STC)。两人戏称777-300ERSF为“大双胞胎”——意指该飞机的双引擎,也指其与777生产货机以较短的777-200机身为基础并置在一起的事实。GECAS的产品系列包括超过35架的777-300ER。作为其启动订单的一部分,GECAS还为多达30架的777-300ERSF改装飞机提供合格飞机,其中有15架属于确定订单,而剩余的15架属于可撤销订单。与此同时,IAI将负责项目工程方面的业务。 在过去20年中,GECAS只是作为客户接受了IAI重新交付的大约70架货机,而这次与以往的改装项目不同的是,GECAS同时是777-300ERSF项目的共同投资者。尽管GECA过去一直是一个启动客户,并为改装提供原型飞机,但它以前从未在支持项目启动方面发挥过如此积极的作用。
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