Air France-KLM to retire 747 combis by 2021, freighters to remain

Air France-KLM will withdraw from service the remainder of its 747 passenger and combi fleet, comprising five 747-400Ms and five 747-400s, by 2021, the carrier recently announced. No immediate changes, meanwhile, are planned for the group’s six-strong freighter fleet.  A formal retirement schedule for the 747s will ultimately depend on the rate at which the group’s backlog of […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • June 7, 2019

MNG and ULS keen to add A330P2Fs

MUNICH – Turkish carriers MNG Airlines and ULS Airlines Cargo are both considering A330P2Fs to renew their Airbus freighter fleets and could introduce at least five of the freighter-converted aircraft to Turkey over the next few years. On the sidelines of Air Cargo Europe 2019, executives from MNG told Cargo Facts the carrier is planning […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • June 5, 2019

Atlas Air to add third 747-400F to Asiana Cargo ops

In a statement today announcing widebody freighter ops for several customers, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings said its Atlas Air, Inc. subsidiary will begin flying a third 747-400F on behalf of Asiana Cargo, the cargo arm of South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines. This is the third 747-400F Atlas has added for the carrier in as many […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 4, 2019

Atlas confirms Southern Air’s additional 777F CMI ops for DHL

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, the parent of Southern Air, announced today that it had secured a contract with DHL Express to operate the first two of at least fourteen, and up to twenty-one, 777-200Fs the express integrator has on order with Boeing [FATs 004505–4525]. As for the remaining twelve 777Fs on firm order with Boeing, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 4, 2019

3 fleet plans unveiled through plane sightings [VIDEO]

If boxes and pallets could speak, every freighter flight would have a story to tell. Many narratives are straightforward and can be inferred by connecting the dots between origin and destination – a 747F flight between Oslo Airport (OSL) and Seoul (ICN), for example, reflects Asia’s growing appetite for fresh seafood out of the Atlantic. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 31, 2019

Lockheed Martin expects certification and first delivery for LM-100J before year-end

Today, Lockheed Martin told Cargo Facts that its in-development LM-100J, the commercial variant of the C-130J “Super Hercules,” is closing in on the final phases of Federal Aviation Administration-specific flight tests. Just a week or so of additional flying is required ahead of submitting a final series of test reports to the FAA, after which […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 30, 2019

ATSG expands credit facility to grow 767 freighter fleet

Yesterday, Air Transport Services Group announced the growth of its credit facility by US$100 million to $645 million, along with a one-year extension through May 2024. Quint Turner, ATSG’s CFO, said the company will invest a majority of its $475 million capital expenditure budget this year to acquire thirteen 767-300s, most of which will be […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 29, 2019

DHL confirms incoming 777Fs to gradually replace 747-400Fs

DHL Express confirmed today it plans to gradually phase-out older 747-400Fs as it takes delivery of new-build 777Fs. Earlier this month, Boeing delivered the first of at least fourteen, and up to twenty-one, 777Fs that were part of an order announced last year at the Farnborough Airshow [FATs 004505–4525]. Cargo Facts estimated that a total […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 28, 2019
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