A look at special-edition freighter liveries

Special liveries, common for passenger aircraft, are few and far between when it comes to freighters, but Cargolux has produced what could be the first retro paint scheme for a cargo aircraft. The 747-400F (35170, ex-CargoLogicAir) returned to Cargolux headquarters in Luxembourg (LUX) on July 14 after spending two weeks in Shannon (SNN), where it […]

DHL appoints Mesa Airlines as new 737F operator

DHL Express continues to diversify its ACMI and CMI partners. The express integrator has signed an agreement designating Arizona-based Mesa Airlines as the latest partner carrier to operate aircraft on its behalf, with the first of two 737-400Fs entering service in October. This marks Mesa Airlines’ first foray into cargo operations and the 737 platform. […]

Amazon dominates June Freighter Aircraft Transactions activity

Amazon dominated the narrowbody freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) recorded by Cargo Facts for the month of June, having taken redelivery of four 737-800BCFs on lease from GECAS and placed them with Sun Country Airlines to be CMI-operated. By number of freighters, this was more than any other carrier or operator had received. Other highlights include […]

AeroLogic secures CMI deal for DHL 777F, more up for grabs

The forthcoming 777F (66086) delivery for DHL Express expected from Boeing later this month will be handed over to AeroLogic for operation on a CMI basis, DHL has confirmed to Cargo Facts. The express company expects to take delivery of three more 777Fs this year, including 66086, for a total of six 777F deliveries for […]

Saudia 747-8Fs idled during height of crisis

Saudia Cargo is looking to shed its pair of 747-8Fs, Cargo Facts has learned. Meanwhile, during the unprecedented cargo capacity crunch brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, almost half of the carrier’s freighter fleet is currently inactive. The seven-year-old 747-8Fs (37562 and 37563) have both been parked in Jeddah (JED) since January 2020. In fact, […]

Restructuring at Lufthansa leaves freighter fleet plans intact

Lufthansa Group’s outstanding order with Boeing for two 777Fs remains unaffected despite the fact that the Lufthansa Cargo parent will halve its investment in aircraft between now and 2023, and continues to reduce some of the estimated 22,000 jobs made redundant by the crisis, Cargo Facts has learned. The Germany-based group this week approved a […]

Crisis could diversify next-gen narrowbody leasing market

Minneapolis (MSP) is not a base for all-cargo carriers, and yet a freshly painted 737-800BCF (32605, ex-Hainan Airlines) landed at the airport on June 26, having arrived empty from Everett (PAE). The aircraft had arrived in Everett in early June after conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing in China. In the past three months, GECAS, […]

Hi Fly pilots first A380 freighter-lite

Portugal-based wet lease specialist Hi Fly has become the first airline to modify an A380 into a makeshift freighter by removing seats from its passenger cabin. According to Hi Fly, the reconfigured A380 offers a total volume of 165 cubic meters in the passenger cabin and 133 cubic meters in the belly, with a payload […]
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