Aerotranscargo expands 747-400F fleet

More 747 freighters will soon be flying again, relieving the capacity constraints brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. Moldova-based Aerotranscargo has added to its portfolio a 747-400BCF (24459, ex-Thai Cargo) which it expects to become available from May 5 [FAT 005396]. Aerotranscargo told Cargo Facts that the aircraft is dry-leased to Moldova-based Terra Avia to […]

Capacity crunch thrusts idled Southern Air 777F back into service

A 777F that has been sitting on the ground for almost a year has taken to the skies again, thanks to the COVID-19 crisis and the widespread shortage of airfreight capacity. The aircraft (35606) is owned by Titan Aviation, the dry-leasing arm of Atlas Air, and was previously operated by Emirates until January 2019. It […]

Widebody freighter retirement plans stall in March FATs

Large widebody freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) have slowed, dropping to just three in March and down from eight in February, as COVID-19 disruptions drove carriers to reevaluate retirement plans. Although February marked the first month in recent memory during which there was a net reduction to large widebody capacity, that trend reversed in March. ACE […]

Precision 757 conversions now total 120

Precision Aircraft Solutions has completed its 120th 757-200PCF conversion and redelivered the aircraft (29942, ex-TUI Airways) to SF Airlines [FAT 005386]. The 757, which was originally delivered from the Boeing factory in 1999, was inducted at the AMECO facility in Chengdu (CTU) in December 2019, and arrived at SF’s hub in Shenzhen (SZX) on April 16. It […]

Canadian freighter fleet to add 737-400Fs

Canada-based aviation and MRO services provider KF Aerospace this week finalized an order for three 737-400SF conversions from Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) [FATs 005381-5383]. The first aircraft (24769, ex-Flair Airlines) will be inducted for conversion at KF Aerospace’s own MRO facility in Kelowna (YLW) next month. Upon redelivery, the aircraft is set to become the […]

Cargojet takes second owned 767-200BDSF

Canada-based Cargojet Airways has taken redelivery of a 767-200BDSF (30430, ex-UTair) that was converted into freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) [FAT 005376]. Unit 30430 is the second 767-200BDSF owned by the carrier. The aircraft was ferried to Hamilton (YHM) on April 5 from the IAI facility in Tel Aviv (TLV), where it had arrived […]

Boeing offers Dreamlifter, 3D-printing machines for COVID-19 relief efforts

Boeing is now offering its 747-400LCF “Dreamlifter” cargo plane to transport critical and urgently needed supplies in a continuation of its support of COVID-19 relief efforts. The company will also be producing face shields with 3D-printing machines across the U.S. https://twitter.com/Boeing/status/1243660810737549312 The Atlas Air-operated Dreamlifter is one of the largest cargo aircraft in the world, […]

Freighters resist quarantine and spring back into action, for now

On March 15, ACE Belgium Freighters added to its fleet a second 747-400, an ERF variant (35169, ex-Jade Cargo) that previously operated on the AOC of affiliate carrier Israel-based CAL Cargo [FAT 005356]. After sitting idle since its ferry flight to Liege (LGG) on Feb. 2, the aircraft has since completed two roundtrip flights between […]
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