Day One for the New Cargolux

Effective today, Henan Civil Aviation and Investment Co. Ltd (HNCA, an investment arm of the government of China’s Henan province) owns 35% of Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines. The sale of the stake to HNCA was agreed to late last year, and although it has only become final today, it has already had an enormous impact on […]

Fleet renewal at Centurion Cargo

Miami-based all-cargo carrier Centurion Cargo confirmed to Cargo Facts that it plans to retire the nine MD-11 freighters in its own fleet and the fleet of sister carrier SkyLease Cargo over the next two to three years, replacing them with a smaller number of 747-400 freighters. At present, Centurion and SkyLease operate a total of two 747-400 […]

Canadian carriers plan merger

Two Canadian carriers, both with significant cargo operations, are in merger negotiations. First Air and Canadian North both specialize in serving the remote northern part of the country, and both have main-deck freight operations. The merger, assuming the two companies agree to go ahead with it, would be subject to review by Canadian regulatory authorities, […]

Air France-KLM considers ending freighter operations

Air France-KLM is reported to be considering exiting the main-deck freight business. The Bloomberg news service quoted “two people familiar with the carrier’s plans” as saying Air France-KLM is about to undertake a review of its money-losing cargo business, with ending freighter operation one of the options. After seeing losses steadily mount in its cargo […]

Lithium batteries to be banned from passenger aircraft bellies?

The Dangerous Goods Panel of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) last week proposed that the carriage of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft be prohibited, effective 1 January 2015. Cargo Facts believes the ban will likely be adopted, but it is currently only in the proposal stage. The Dangerous Goods Panel’s parent […]

What next for Global Supply Systems?

UK-based Global Supply Systems (GSS), in which Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is a 49% stakeholder,  was formed in 2002 in order that British Airways World Cargo could continue to ACMI lease freighters from Atlas, while staying compliant with UK law. GSS dry-leased three 747-400Fs from Atlas, and operated them on an ACMI basis for BA […]

End of the line for World Airways

US-based carrier World Airways operated its last flight on 27 March. The carrier, which was in its 65th year, operated both passenger and freighter aircraft. Although it had conducted both ACMI and commercial charter operations, it main business was flying on behalf of the US Military. With the US winding down its military involvement in […]

A new CEO for Cargolux… and more

The Board of Directors of Cargolux today announced several appointments and promotions, including the hiring of Dirk Reich as President and CEO. We’ll get to the rest of the announcements shortly, but first, some background… In 2013, Luxembourg-based Cargolux outperformed the industry by a huge margin, and is expected to report a 19% increase in […]
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