Conversions to account for two thirds of new freighter additions

This is the third of three posts on the future freighter fleet based on the 2019 Freighter Forecast, published by Cargo Facts Consulting. The first focused on the key numbers of the forecast and last week’s post on the aircraft types that are likely to dominate each freighter segment. This week’s post looks at conversions […]
  • Frederic Horst
  • May 22, 2019

CFA: Five factors to consider before putting a freighter into a new market [VIDEO]

Next summer, ANA Cargo plans to introduce its first of two 777Fs on order with Boeing. During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held last month in Shanghai, Toshiya Tamada, EVP, Global Sales, ANA Cargo discussed some of the key factors his airline considers before putting freighters into a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 22, 2019

ACE Belgium Freighters denies ‘ACE’ name trademark claim in DOT response

Last week, Alaska Central Express, which operates as ACE Air Cargo, filed a notification of trademark infringement with the United States Department of Transportation concerning ACE Belgium Freighters’ pending foreign air carrier authorization in the US. In a letter to the DOT dated 21 May, ACE Belgium responded, clarifying that the operators’ names, aircraft, and […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 22, 2019

747F era coming to an end at EVA Air Cargo

Taiwan-based EVA Air Cargo is planning to operate its last scheduled 747-400BDSF freighter flight on 2 June, according to the carrier’s online freighter schedule. With the aircraft’s retirement imminent, delivery of EVA’s last remaining 777F on order with Boeing is expected shortly. If no further schedule changes are made, the lone remaining 747-400F in EVA’s […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 21, 2019

Cainiao shifts focus to import logistics as trade war intensifies

China-based Alibaba Group made no attempt to avoid discussion of the trade war following the release of its Q419 earnings. Instead, during a call with analysts this week, company CEO Daniel Zhang called the tense negotiations between the United States and China, “an opportunity for the Chinese economy.” Rather than focus on export declines, “China […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 21, 2019

Atran’s new Cainiao cross-border flight one piece to carrier’s 737-800BCF puzzle

Russia-based Atran will operate a weekly scheduled flight between Hangzhou (HGH) and Riga (RIX) via Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and other intermediate airports for Alibaba’s logistics-arm, Cainiao. The flight will utilize the carrier’s sole 737-800BCF, which Atran added to its fleet in January (32616, ex-NOK air) on lease from GECAS [FAT 004768]. Although the new route […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 20, 2019

Cessna SkyCourier reaches prototype assembly stage

Textron Aviation’s in-development turboprop aircraft for passenger and freighter operations, the Cessna SkyCourier, has reached the prototype assembly stage, the manufacturer announced today. The SkyCourier's McCauley 110-inch propeller is also undergoing simulated flight profiles alongside the PWC PT6A-65B engine, according to Textron's statement. Testing of the turboprop’s fuel system and nose landing gear prototypes, which […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 20, 2019

Cargo traffic falls across the board in April first look

Despite a bounce back from earlier declines that major carriers reported for March, sharper year-over-year traffic slowdowns in April indicate the month was the worst this year for many of the carriers that have reported results so far. Of the carriers tracked by Cargo Facts, only Air France-KLM reported an increase in traffic, of 3.3%, for […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 17, 2019
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