FedEx launches another new freighter program

FedEx, which just two weeks ago placed a launch order for ATR’s new 72-600F production freighter, today announced a fifty-unit launch order for Textron’s new Cessna SkyCourier 408, with options for another fifty. The SkyCourier is a twin turboprop aircraft which, in passenger configuration will carry nineteen passengers, and in freighter configuration will have a […]
  • David Harris
  • November 28, 2017

EFW’s A330-300P2F receives EASA certification

EFW, the MRO and conversion joint venture of ST Aerospace and Airbus, received supplemental type certification (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency for it passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the A330-300. The conformity aircraft (116) will be redelivered soon to launch customer DHL Express, which will hand it over to ASL Airlines Ireland for operation […]
  • David Harris
  • November 24, 2017

Freighter Aircraft Transactions (through 24 November 2017)

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is available to […]
  • David Harris
  • November 23, 2017

Tianjin Cargo Airlines prepares to fly, as HNA looks to the future

China-based all-cargo startup Tianjin Cargo Airlines received certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and will likely start service in early 2018. The carrier is a joint venture among three consortia (Tianjin Aviation Logistics Development Co., Ltd., Sky Holdings Co., Ltd., and Yang Hang Investment) that are controlled by heavy-hitting players in the industry, […]
  • David Harris
  • November 22, 2017

747 freighters for SF Express

The scramble for long-haul lift continues, with SF Express acquiring two 747-400ERFs. Two months ago, we posted about three 747-400ERFs, parked since Jade Cargo International went bankrupt in late 2011, that were put up for auction on Alibaba’s Taobao website. (Read the post here.) Yes, that’s right, after you had ordered your new smartphone, and […]
  • David Harris
  • November 21, 2017

Engine testing underway on the world’s biggest (and strangest) aircraft [VIDEO]

Engine testing has begun on the world’s newest, biggest, and definitely strangest, aircraft. And, yes, it’s a freighter. Well, okay, it’s not going to be moving pallets of iPhones from Zhengzhou to Chicago and Frankfurt, but it will be carrying what could be called cargo: The Stratolaunch aircraft is designed to carry satellites to high […]
  • David Harris
  • November 20, 2017

Recent Freighter Aircraft Transactions

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is available to […]
  • David Harris
  • November 17, 2017

A first look at October: Strong demand, but slower growth

Updated 16 November to include results from Cathay Pacific, Air China, and Singapore Airlines. Demand for air freight is still extremely strong. Soaring yields and the backlogs building in Asian hubs offer ample testimony to that. We are clearly in the middle of a great peak season, and anyone who didn’t book space long ago […]
  • David Harris
  • November 15, 2017
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