Georgian startup to launch with first freighter

Georgia-based Easycharter plans to launch operations with its first freighter in June. The startup carrier took redelivery of an A300B4-200F (210, ex-AeroUnion) in February [FAT 005435] and confirmed to Cargo Facts that it owns the aircraft, which carried out a short test flight for crew familiarization and training purposes May 25. The aircraft, which is […]

EFW boosts gross weight with 777 redelivery

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has completed the conversion of its fourth A330-300F (MSN 777, ex-China Eastern Airlines) and redelivered the aircraft to DHL Express [FAT 005434]. This is the first high-gross-weight conversion and delivers an upward revision to the maximum gross payload for the A330-300P2F. EFW previously listed the maximum gross payload for the A330-300 at […]

China Southern takes two 777Fs amid capacity crunch

Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of two 777Fs from Boeing (65421 and 65422) [FATs 005432-005433]. The dual deliveries boost the carrier’s freighter fleet at a time when available air cargo capacity is in short supply as passenger flight frequencies in China have yet to resume pre-COVID-19 levels. China Southern’s freighter fleet now numbers […]

SF Airlines continues fleet growth

Chinese express carrier SF Airlines plans to add at least five more aircraft to its fleet by the end of 2020. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts the additions include three 757-200PCFs (29943, 33101 and 33100, all ex-TUI Airways), to be converted by Precision Aircraft Solutions, and two 767-300BCFs (26329, ex-LATAM, and 30847, ex-Titan Airways), […]

Cardig Air relaunches with 737-400F

Indonesia-based Cardig Air has relaunched operations after a couple of years of stagnation. The carrier recently acquired a 737-400F (25857, ex-British Airways) from Aero Acquisitions and began flying it May 18 [FAT 005420]. According to Indonesian ground handler JAS Airport Services, Cardig Air is flying the aircraft between Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (HLP) and Pekanbaru […]

Avianor and AKKA partner on passenger-freighter conversions

Montreal-based Avianor has partnered with Brussels-headquartered AKKA Technologies to have its passenger-freighter reconfiguration package approved and certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). AKKA has also been granted rights to use the solution. Matthieu Duhaime, president and COO of Avianor, told Cargo Facts EASA approval is expected in six to eight weeks. While […]

Ethiopian grows reconfigured pax-freighter fleet to 20+

Ethiopian Airlines now has the largest fleet of reconfigured passenger-freighters by far, having modified twenty-two of its passenger aircraft by removing some or most of the seats from their cabins. The airline told Cargo Facts the twenty-two aircraft consist of four A350-900s, five Dash 8-Q400s, five 737-800s, two 767-300ERs, four 777-300ERs and two 787-9s. Together […]

Boeing counters capacity crunch with pax mods

The Boeing modification team has developed solutions for airlines that facilitate cargo carriage on passenger aircraft, reflecting the reality that air cargo demand could outstrip capacity beyond the summer months. While regulators swiftly granted temporary exemptions allowing operators to utilize cabin space for medical equipment and humanitarian aid related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boeing is […]
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