Amazon petitions FAA for commercial drone ops exemption 

In addition to wide- and narrowbody freighters joining the Amazon Air fleet, Prime Air drones may soon begin delivering Amazon purchases directly to customer doorsteps. Next in the series of the broader air cargo industry’s commercial drone saga, Amazon Prime Air submitted a petition to the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday that, if […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 9, 2019

China Postal receives first 737-800BCF

Earlier this week, China Postal Airlines took redelivery of its first 737-800BCF (30786, ex-China Southern Airlines), on lease from BBAM [FATs 005087-005088]. The air arm of China Post expects to become the first 737-800BCF operator in China, though we note it was not actually the first Chinese carrier to take redelivery of a -800BCF. That […]
  • Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee
  • August 8, 2019

Aviastar-TU plans to add more 757Fs

Russia-based Aviastar-TU will “most probably” expand its fleet with more 757Fs in 2020, the carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts. Aviastar-TU currently operates three 757-200Fs and four TU-204-100Cs. The carrier joined the ranks of those who operate the freighter version of the 757 when it took delivery of its first 757-200PCF (25731, ex-American Airlines) in August […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 22, 2019

Qantas looks to replace aging 737-300SFs

Australian carrier Qantas Freight is currently planning the renewal of its narrowbody freighter jet fleet, consisting of four 737-300SFs (23478, 23486, 23488 and 23490) and one 737-400SF (24796). While the company didn’t specify which types are being considered, it confirmed to Cargo Facts that the older of its 737-300SFs “will start to be replaced over […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 5, 2019

Amazon aims to grow cargo drone team in the UK [VIDEO]

Amazon is aiming to add more than 2,000 technology workers to its United Kingdom team, the company announced in a 3 July press release. While the statement noted roles include “engineers, software developers, data scientists and cloud and machine learning experts,” Bloomberg reported that Amazon’s Prime Air cargo drone service is among the technology areas new […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 5, 2019

E-commerce and freighters part II: Partnering on Asia-Pacific fulfillment

Yesterday, in part I of our feature on e-commerce and freighters, we explored the rise of the own-operated network for e-commerce fulfillment in the United States. In part II today, we consider how e-tailers in the Asia-Pacific region are utilizing partner capacity to fulfill growing e-commerce demand in the region.  Across the Pacific Ocean, Chinese e-tail […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 27, 2019

E-commerce and freighters part I: In balance or imbalance?

In part I of our feature on e-commerce and freighters, we explore the rise of the own-operated network for e-commerce fulfillment in the United States. Check back later this week for part II, where we consider how e-tailers in the Asia-Pacific region are utilizing partner capacity to fulfill growing e-commerce demand in the region. If […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 26, 2019

737-800BCF shines at the 2019 Paris Air Show

Now that the Paris Air Show 2019 is over, Cargo Facts is encouraged to see that, apart from the usual flurry of orders for passenger aircraft, the freighter market also appears to have received some healthy interest. Here’s a recap of freighter deals that were signed last week. GECAS converted ten of its fifteen previous […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • June 24, 2019
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