El Al ceases 747 freighter ops, looks to AirBridge and ASL for charters [VIDEO]

On 30 June, an El Al-operated 747-400F (26563) landed at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) on completion of a final commercial flight that originated in Liege, Belgium (LGG). El Al yesterday confirmed that it is retiring the freighter after nine years in service [FAT 005038]. Despite the retirement of the Israel-based carrier’s only freighter, El Al […]

UPS receives 12th 747-8F and celebrates 50th anniversary of the Queen of the Skies

UPS took delivery of its twelfth 747-8F (64262) late last week [FAT 005036]. While UPS is part of a select group of carriers to operate the -8F, this particular aircraft is unique in that it features a special decal near the nose, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Boeing 747, as can be seen from […]

Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of its 10th 777F

Last week, Ethiopian Airlines announced on social media that it had taken delivery of its tenth 777F, MSN 65477, which was ferried from Boeing’s Paine Field (PAE) to Addis Ababa (ADD) [FAT 005028]. While Ethiopian’s cargo division has taken redelivery of at least two converted freighters so far this year, this is the first production […]

West Atlantic returns a 767-200F to CAM

Sweden-based West Atlantic flew one of its four 767-200BDSFs (22788, ex-ABX) from Leipzig (LEJ) via Bangor (BGR) to Columbus (LCK) toward the end of last week. The airline confirmed to Cargo Facts that the aircraft came off lease and was being redelivered to lessor Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) [FAT 005027]. This aircraft was a relatively […]

737-800BCF shines at the 2019 Paris Air Show

Now that the Paris Air Show 2019 is over, Cargo Facts is encouraged to see that, apart from the usual flurry of orders for passenger aircraft, the freighter market also appears to have received some healthy interest. Here’s a recap of freighter deals that were signed last week. GECAS converted ten of its fifteen previous […]

DAE Capital to finance first three AirBridgeCargo 777Fs in sale-leaseback deal

The leasing division of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), DAE Capital, will purchase three 777Fs Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group has on order with Boeing and hand them over on-lease to the group's affiliate carrier AirBridgeCargo (ABC) as part of a sale-and-leaseback agreement [FATs 005021-005023]. The 777Fs are due to join the ABC fleet in 2020. Volga-Dnepr confirmed […]

BBAM inks LOI for an EFW A321P2F

San Francisco-based lessor BBAM signed a letter of intent with Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) for one A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion yesterday at the Paris Air Show [FAT 005020]. The order represents EFW’s first order for its A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion program since Luxembourg-based Vallair placed a ten-aircraft launch order last February. As for BBAM, this is the company’s […]
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