Lynden Air Cargo adding more cities to scheduled freighter network

Even as US-based combination carriers began reporting lackluster March cargo traffic, demand for air cargo transport outside the contiguous United States remains buoyant. Yesterday, Lynden Air Cargo announced that beginning 30 April, the carrier will add twice-weekly scheduled service to St. Mary’s and Emmonak from its hub in Anchorage. Lynden had previously called to the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 24, 2019

A handful of carriers see traffic growth return in March

After a dismal February for Asia-Pacific carriers, March cargo traffic results are painting a more positive picture, with China Southern Airlines and Air China, in particular, seeing cargo traffic growth from 2018 levels of at least a few percent. Among those Asian carriers still reporting declines for the month, in all cases, March declines were […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 23, 2019

SpiceXpress’ second 737-700F converted at Haite in Tianjin

On 18 April, Bedek redelivered a 737-700BDSF (30512, ex-Xiamen Airlines) to Spectre Air Capital, following conversion to freighter configuration at the Haite Facility in Tianjin. Just hours before the Cargo Facts team departed Shanghai following a successful Cargo Facts Asia, the aircraft departed Tianjin Binhai Airport (TSN) and was ferried to New Delhi Airport (DEL), […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 22, 2019

Startup ACE Belgium Freighters secures AOC

All-cargo startup ACE Belgium Freighters, the Liege-based affiliate of CAL Cargo, received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) on 18 April and will soon commence commercial cargo operations from its base at Liège Airport (LGG), with scheduled flights to Tel Aviv (TLV).  Eshel Heffetz, ACE’s CEO, told Cargo Facts the carrier is currently seeking approval from the U.S. Federal […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 22, 2019

Amazon Air 737-800BCFs begin to arrive in the US

The first two 737-800BCFs slated to join the Southern Air fleet and operate on behalf of Amazon Air's United States operation left China following conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing, and have been gradually ferried to Jacksonville (VQQ) over the past week. Although both aircraft were Boeing conversions, touch labor was performed by two different […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 11, 2019

Swiftair parent set to gain control of West Atlantic

Yesterday, shareholders of Sweden-based West Atlantic Group accepted what amounts to a takeover offer from Spain-based LUSAT Air S.L., the holding company that owns Aviation Leasing Spain, Cygnus Air, and Swiftair. The two companies entered into an MoU that would enable LUSAT to acquire a majority stake in West Atlantic. The deal is slated for […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 10, 2019

The narrowbody freighter fleet part III: 757-200F dominates in express

Today we conclude our analysis of the worldwide fleet of narrowbody jet freighters with a look at the fleet on a type-by-type basis, with a focus on express vs. general cargo, and then by regional distribution. You can read part I on the overall composition of the fleet here, and part II on the passenger-to-freighter […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 9, 2019

Cargolux nabs three 747-400ERFs as ASL restructures leased fleet

Last year, Cargolux confirmed plans to add three used 747-400ERFs to its fleet in 2019. At the time, a number of sources for the aircraft were possible, but now that a Luxembourgian registration has been reserved for the first aircraft (35236, ex-ASL Airlines Belgium) the identities of the other two incoming 747-400ERFs begin to emerge. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 8, 2019
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