Boeing nabs freighter-only orders in May

Boeing secured firm orders for only nine aircraft in May, all relating to freighters, according to the planemaker’s orders and deliveries tally for the month. With the update, Boeing confirmed suspicions that UPS is the customer for a hotly contested 747-8F (63784) originally ordered by the Volga-Dnepr Group. FedEx also upped its official 767-300F backlog […]

Pelita Air Service shifts focus to freighters

Indonesia-based Pelita Air Service has taken redelivery of its first freighter-converted ATR 72-500F (746, ex-Veling) and begun operating it in charter service for Angkasa Pura Logistics (APLOG), a subsidiary of the state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura Airports [FAT 005451]. Unit 746, completed in mid-May, was ferried from the Indopelita Aircraft Services facility at Pondok Cabe […]

IAI redelivers two 767-300BDSFs to CAM

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has redelivered two freshly converted 767-300BDSFs to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), the leasing arm of ATSG, after another 767-300 (29429, ex-American), arrived May 28 at IAI’s facility in Tel Aviv (TLV) to undergo conversion into freighter configuration [FATs 005443-005446]. The first of the two freighters (29229, ex-LATAM), which arrived at TLV in August […]

KlasJet enters freighter market with leased Bluebird 737-300F

Iceland-based Bluebird Nordic has subleased its sole remaining 737-300BDSF (25263, ex-Frontier) to sister airline KlasJet as it looks to consolidate its fleet around the 737-400F platform [FAT 005439]. Bluebird confirmed to Cargo Facts that unit 25263 will be in service with KlasJet in the longer term, as opposed to a more temporary arrangement during the COVID-19 […]

Georgian startup to launch with first freighter

Georgia-based Easycharter plans to launch operations with its first freighter in June. The startup carrier took redelivery of an A300B4-200F (210, ex-AeroUnion) in February [FAT 005435] and confirmed to Cargo Facts that it owns the aircraft, which carried out a short test flight for crew familiarization and training purposes May 25. The aircraft, which is […]

EFW boosts gross weight with 777 redelivery

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has completed the conversion of its fourth A330-300F (MSN 777, ex-China Eastern Airlines) and redelivered the aircraft to DHL Express [FAT 005434]. This is the first high-gross-weight conversion and delivers an upward revision to the maximum gross payload for the A330-300P2F. EFW previously listed the maximum gross payload for the A330-300 at […]

China Southern takes two 777Fs amid capacity crunch

Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of two 777Fs from Boeing (65421 and 65422) [FATs 005432-005433]. The dual deliveries boost the carrier’s freighter fleet at a time when available air cargo capacity is in short supply as passenger flight frequencies in China have yet to resume pre-COVID-19 levels. China Southern’s freighter fleet now numbers […]

SF Airlines continues fleet growth

Chinese express carrier SF Airlines plans to add at least five more aircraft to its fleet by the end of 2020. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts the additions include three 757-200PCFs (29943, 33101 and 33100, all ex-TUI Airways), to be converted by Precision Aircraft Solutions, and two 767-300BCFs (26329, ex-LATAM, and 30847, ex-Titan Airways), […]
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