Mistral Air adds another 737-400F, will flights reflect Amazon Logistics’ ground presence?

On 3 April, US-based Automatic LLC redelivered a 737-400F (30161, ex-Alaska Airlines) to Italy-based Mistral Air, the airline affiliate of Post Italiane. The aircraft was recently converted to freighter configuration by PEMCO,  at the Coopesa facility in San Jose, Costa Rica. For Mistral Air, this is the third 737-400F to join the fleet in less […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 4, 2019

Qantas to upgrade Atlas-leased freighters to 747-8Fs

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, which has had a long-standing ACMI lease agreement with Qantas Freight for the operation of two 747-400 freighters, said in a statement today that the leased aircraft will be upgauged to two 747-8Fs. According to flight tracking software FlightAware, the two -400Fs (29253 and 29254, both of which operate in Atlas […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 4, 2019

The narrowbody freighter fleet part I: 737 NG freighters take off

Today we begin a three-part analysis of the worldwide fleet of narrowbody jet freighters with a look at the overall composition of the fleet – how many of the different types are in operation by which carriers. Later this week, in part II, we will look at active and emerging conversion programs for the narrowbody […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 3, 2019

Emirates sheds a 777F, where will it end up?

A 777F previously leased by Emirates SkyCargo (35606) from Atlas Air’s leasing arm Titan Aviation Holdings appears to have been returned to the lessor. The aircraft was re-registered in the United States and ferried to Marana (MZJ) on 31 March. Cargo Facts believes the aircraft will soon join the Southern Air fleet, and like the […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • April 2, 2019

Atlas’ Southern Air to operate 737-800BCFs for Amazon

The operator of the 737-800BCFs joining the Amazon Air fleet was revealed this morning to be Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ subsidiary carrier, Southern Air. According to an 8-K filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, five 737-800Fs will be placed into service for Amazon this year.  Atlas said in a statement that Amazon will […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 29, 2019

Cathay Pacific optimistic on cargo growth for 2019

Despite the “soft start to the year” for air cargo so far in 2019, in a statement yesterday, Cathay Pacific’s General Manager, Cargo Commercial, Nelson Chin, touted the Hong Kong-based airline’s positive annual results for 2019 after two consecutive years of losses. Some of the optimism stems from improved passenger figures – particularly considering that […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 28, 2019

Cebu Pacific looks to freight, ATR 72Fs for growth

Although Philippines-based Cebu Pacific reported 2018 full-year net income down 50.6% to P3.9 billion (US$74.4 million), from P7.9 billion ($151 million) the year prior, cargo was a bright spot. The carrier reported cargo volumes up 19% year-over-year, to 210,000 tonnes, and remains eager to add dedicated ATR 72-500Fs to its fleet. In July of last […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • March 25, 2019

The first 7 operators of 737 NG freighters

Earlier this week, Atran Airlines, the express carrier subsidiary of Russia-based Volga Dnepr Group, announced it successfully added its first 737-800BCF to its AOC (32616, ex-Nok Air), on lease from GECAS. Atran has become the seventh 737 NG operator, since Bedek redelivered the first freighter-converted 737-700 in September 2017. Today, there are three active conversion […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • March 22, 2019
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