CFS: Engine USM availability still tight

The storage and accelerated retirement of hundreds of passenger aircraft around the world has yet to result in a significant influx of used serviceable material available for the freighter market. This is partly because owners who had bought at high prices prior to the pandemic may be holding back on selling those assets for now […]

CFS: Regional capacity weakness persists

Alaska Airlines is expanding capacity in the lead-up to this year’s peak season and is in the final approval stage of moving a 737-900 into full passenger-freighter configuration.  Alaska Airlines, which does not yet operate regional aircraft in freighter configuration but does fly three 737-700Fs within the state of Alaska, emphasized the importance of regional capacity for vital cargo movements within […]

Walmart steers clear of freighters with store-to-shopper model

Walmart has retreated from discussions to expand its air logistics operations with dedicated freighters, at least for now. Walmart told Cargo Facts that it has considered various “transportation solutions” recently, but confirmed that an own-controlled network is not currently in the works. “We are continually evaluating transportation solutions to help meet our customers’ shopping needs,” […]

CFS: Incoming FedEx regional freighters could counter scarce capacity

With capacity at a premium, early deliveries of factory-built ATR 72-600Fs and Cessna SkyCourier 408 freighters to FedEx could be used to temporarily flex capacity, rather than to modernize it, as was previously planned. During a session on regional operations in North America at this year’s Cargo Facts Symposium, Scot Struminger, senior vice president of […]

Kalitta to modernize 747 fleet as 777-300ERSF launch operator

Kalitta Air has emerged as the launch operator for the freighter-converted 777-300ERSF and will lease three of the type from GECAS [FATs 005691-5693]. Kalitta told Cargo Facts the 777-300ERSFs will initially be used for growth, but in the long term will serve as replacements for the carrier’s older converted 747-400Fs. Kalitta Air has been evaluating […]

CFS: EFW upgrades max weight on A321-200P2F following service entry

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has upped the gross payload of its A321P2F conversion program, just as the first aircraft enters into service. The company has achieved weight savings of over a tonne, enabling an upgrade in gross payload to 28 tonnes (62,000 lbs), Wolfgang Schmid, vice president of sales and marketing for Airbus freighter conversions at […]

CFS: American Airlines may add freighters amid pandemic capacity crunch

American Airlines is considering adding freighter aircraft as cargo continues to become a more important business line for the carrier in the wake of the pandemic. During a panel on current growth opportunities and obstacles at the virtual Cargo Facts Symposium today, Jessica Tyler, president of cargo and vice president of airport excellence at American, […]

Morningstar set to expand FedEx ATR flying

Morningstar Air Express will soon expand its regional CMI flying for FedEx Express with at least two additional ATR 72-200Fs. The two aircraft (224 and 229) had previously been operated by ASL Airlines Ireland in Europe. Unit 224 arrived at Morningstar’s Edmonton (YEG) base on Oct. 6, and was reregistered in Canada to Morningstar Oct. […]
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