New cargo startup, more freighters for China

Today, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) approved the establishment of a new Chinese cargo carrier, Zhongzhou Airlines Co., Ltd., that will be based out of Zhengzhou Airport (CGO). The airport, which also serves as Cargolux’s China hub, seems to be gaining traction as a hub in the domestic Chinese cargo landscape. Zhongzhou Airlines is […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • January 31, 2019

The widebody freighter fleet part I: growth returns!

Today we begin a multi-part analysis of the worldwide fleet of widebody jet freighters in commercial service as of 15 January 2019. We start with a look at the entire fleet – which carriers are operating which freighters – and in the coming days will move on to the ways in which the fleet has […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 28, 2019

Former Jade Cargo 747-400ERF auctioned on Taobao ready to join CAL Cargo fleet

An ex-Jade Cargo 747-400ERF (35169) acquired by Israel-based CAL Cargo Airlines in a Taobao auction late in 2017 has emerged from maintenance, and will soon join the CAL fleet, the airline has confirmed to Cargo Facts. On 19 January, the aircraft completed an air test over Tel Aviv, where the aircraft will be based. The future […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 24, 2019

Asia Pacific carriers boost 757-200F fleets

Guam-based Asia Pacific Airlines acquired a 757-200 (25140, ex-OpenSkies) on lease from Aerolease Aviation, and ferried it to Flightstar Aviation in Jacksonville, where the aircraft was inducted for conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions yesterday. This induction follows recent news from Brisbane-based Pacific Air Express that it plans to resume freighter ops following […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 23, 2019

ANA outlines plans for incoming 777F

Japan-based combination carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) released its 2019 flight schedule, which reveals how the carrier’s first of two 777Fs it plans to take delivery of in the coming years, will be utilized in the carrier’s network. Next summer, the carrier plans to introduce its first 777F and utilize the freighter for six-times weekly […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 23, 2019

AirBridgeCargo to add 747-8F via financing from US lessor [VIDEO]

US-based lessor Aviation Capital Group (ACG) will structure, arrange and guarantee a senior loan covering part of the purchase price of a 747-8F Boeing is scheduled to deliver to AirBridgeCargo Airlines next month. The transaction is the first made under ACG’s Aircraft Financing Solutions program, the lessor said in a statement today announcing the loan. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 18, 2019

AirBridgeCargo volume growth slows in 2018

Volga-Dnepr Group’s Russian subsidiary AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) reported a 2% increase in its year-over-year cargo handle, to more than 700,000 tonnes – likely lagging behind industry average growth rates of around 4%, and well off from recent years for which double-digit growth was the norm for ABC. On a higher note, growth rates for the […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 14, 2019

Modern Logistics prepares to put next 737F into service, plans further fleet expansion

Brazil-based Modern Logistics is preparing to put a fourth 737F into commercial service in the coming weeks and plans to add several more narrowbody freighters before the year’s end, company CEO Gerald Lee tells Cargo Facts. Modern is also looking at adding a second fleet type this year, likely freighter-converted ATR 72-200Fs, as it continues to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 10, 2019
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