Fleet modernization boosts December 2019 widebody freighter aircraft transactions

Of the twenty-seven freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) recorded by Cargo Facts in December 2019, nearly two-thirds involved widebody aircraft. Fleet modernization efforts undertaken by carriers such as Lufthansa Cargo and FedEx prompted many of the transactions involving twin-aisle freighters. To continue reading this feature, please go to Page 14 of our January 2020 issue.

FedEx retires last A310-300F

Over the weekend, FedEx completed its final revenue flight utilizing an A310-300F. After completing a routine round-trip flight between Sioux Falls (FSD) and FedEx’s Memphis (MEM) hub on the morning of Jan. 4, the express company bid farewell to the final operating A310-300F (439) in its fleet.  This was the third A310-300F FedEx has retired since Christmas. Until recently, FedEx had operated the trio of A310-300Fs in scheduled service. […]

China Postal receives seventh 757-200PCF

China Postal Airlines has taken redelivery of its seventh 757-200PCF (32342, ex-China Southern Airlines) [FAT 005277] following conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions. The aircraft is the final conversion of a batch of seven ex-China Southern 757-200s acquired from Boeing in December 2015. Precision Aircraft Solutions confirmed to Cargo Facts that it had […]

UPS, widebodies dominate November 2019 freighter aircraft transactions

Of the 19 freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) Cargo Facts recorded in November 2019, 14 involved widebody freighters as deliveries remained strong ahead of peak season. UPS added three freighters in November, including one 747-8F, a 767-300F and a freighter-converted 767-300BDSF. FATs involving narrowbody freighters remain infrequent as feedstock for conversion continues to be tight while the 737 MAX remains grounded. […]

Geo Sky expands with another 747 Classic freighter, looks to -400Fs

Georgia-based Geo Sky received a Christmas gift in the form of a 747-200F (23735, ex-Air Atlanta Icelandic) [FAT 005275]. The carrier now has a fleet of four 747-200Fs. Geo Sky told Cargo Facts that the aircraft is leased from a Dubai-based lessor, and expects to deploy unit 23735 in service on or around Jan. 7. While […]

Pionair Australia BAe 146-300QT enters service for Qantas Freight

Pionair Australia has put its first BAe 146-300QT (E3150) into service, operating for Qantas Freight on an ACMI basis [FAT 005271]. The aircraft is mainly flying between Sydney (SYD), Melbourne (MEL) and Launceston (LST). The Australian carrier previously confirmed to Cargo Facts that it had purchased three BAe 146-300QTs from Germany-based WDL Aviation earlier this year for growth. Unit E3150 was ferried to Australia […]

DHL hands over third converted 767-300F to Kalitta

DHL Express has taken redelivery of a 767-300BDSF (27686, ex-Royal Air Maroc) and subsequently handed it over to U.S.-based Kalitta Air to be operated on a CMI basis [FATs 005264-005265]. The 767 was ferried to Mexico City (MEX) in March 2019 to be inducted for conversion into freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) at the Mexicana MRO Services facility. […]

Swiftair’s Cygnus Air adds first of three planned 757-200PCFs from Jetran

Spain-based Swiftair added a 757-200PCF this week (24613, ex-American Airlines) following conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions at Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville, Florida.  [FATs 00525-005259]. The aircraft was the first of three Swiftair-bound conversions ordered by Jetran and will be operating for Swiftair’s affiliate carrier, Cygnus Air, which the company acquired last […]
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