AirBridgeCargo seeks to cull 747F fleet

Russia-based AirBridgeCargo (ABC) is in negotiations with lessors to terminate agreements on up to five 747 freighters. The carrier said it entered into discussions with its leasing partners late last year as air cargo demand slumped. In the fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak that has forced ABC to cancel flights, those talks have intensified in […]

EFW to begin A321 conversions at Guangzhou site

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between Airbus and ST Engineering Aerospace, will start converting A321-200s into freighter configuration at a second site in Guangzhou later this year, in addition to the ST Engineering facility in Singapore (XSP). Luxembourg-based Vallair told Cargo Facts that its next three A321s to be converted by EFW will likely all be converted at […]

Cathay operates passenger aircraft as freighters to replace lost bellyhold capacity

In recent weeks, Cathay Pacific and regional subsidiary Cathay Dragon have made significant reductions to their respective intra-Asia passenger flight schedules, leading to a precipitous drop in bellyhold capacity. Air cargo demand remains robust to the extent that Cathay has begun to repurpose some of its many idled aircraft by flying them as freighters. Cathay […]

Estafeta grows fleet with 737-400F

Mexico-based Estafeta Cargo Aerea will shortly add to its fleet a 737-400SF (28661, ex-Asia Cargo Express), on lease from Vx Capital Partners [FAT 005350-005351]. Estafeta told Cargo Facts it expects to take redelivery of the aircraft in a matter of days. The aircraft, first delivered to Spanish airline Air Europa in 1997, was stored in […]

KAP.KG looks to launch operations with single freighter

Kyrgyzstan-based startup Kyrgyz Airlines Plus (KAP.KG) is aiming to launch freighter operations with an A300B4-200F this spring, according to Russian aviation website ATO.ru. The carrier, established toward the end of 2019, acquired its single, thirty-eight-year-old A300B4-200F (183) from Georgia-based Geo Fly Airways and ferried it to Bishkek (FRU) in November. However, according to ATO.ru, local […]

Pelita Air Service to operate ATR 72 freighter

Indonesia-based Pelita Air Service will soon add a freighter to its fleet. The carrier is currently converting one of its own ATR 72-500s (746, ex-Veling) to bulk cargo configuration. The conversion is being carried out by Aeroconseil, part of AKKA Technologies, at the Indopelita Aircraft Services facility at Pondok Cabe Air Base (PCB), just outside […]

Olympus Airways looks to grow freighter fleet

Greece-based Olympus Airways plans to expand its fleet of freighter aircraft and expects to have five 757-200Fs by the end of the year. The airline is new to freighters, having only taken its first in December 2019. Olympus’ first 757-200PCF (25294, ex-American Airlines) was converted by Precision Aircraft Solutions at the AerSale facility in Goodyear […]
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