Skyports, Robotic Skies partnership signals shift in drone MRO space

Drone delivery Skyports has made another move toward pushing drones into the mainstream by partnering with Robotic Skies, an unmanned aircraft service and maintenance provider, after conducting successful beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) trials in rural Scotland. While both companies are startups, Skyports has raised more than 6 million pounds ($7.8 million) over two rounds of funding, and […]

Southern Air to operate more 737-800Fs for Amazon

Amazon’s next 737-800BCF will be handed over to Southern Air to operate, as the Atlas Air affiliate carrier appears to be stepping away from 737-400F operations. The 737-800BCF (32742, ex-NewGen Airways) was sent to China to be converted in January, and was spotted by photographers in Osaka (KIX) on Aug. 1, showing “Operated by Southern […]

AeroUnion streamlines freighter fleet

Mexico-based AeroUnion is not looking to make any additional fleet changes, at least for now. The airline’s latest disposal, an A300 (227) that will shortly be joining Panama-based Cargo Three, was the last of AeroUnion’s A300B4-200Fs. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that unit 227 had been sold in February in accordance with its strategy […]

FAA approves EFW’s A321F as first redelivery nears

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has validated the supplemental type certificate (STC) Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) obtained from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its A321P2F conversion, effectively greenlighting the aircraft for operations in the United States. EFW received the STC in February. With approvals from the two major authorities now at hand, EFW […]

Does e-commerce fleet expansion signal the untapped potential of Russian market?

Alibaba’s e-commerce affiliate Cainiao has committed to prying open more airfreight links between its home market, China, and Russia, and will soon begin services with a newly delivered 757-200PCF (27051, ex-American Airlines) it is chartering from Aviastar-TU.  According to Cainiao, the recently placed 757-200PCF will start flying e-commerce shipments from China to Russia in August, adding to an already […]

Volga-Dnepr Group’s Tatyana Arslanova joins CFS speaker faculty

Cargo Facts is pleased to announce that Tatyana Arslanova, executive operating officer of the Volga-Dnepr Group, has joined the Cargo Facts Symposium 2020 speaker faculty. Arslanova will join other distinguished industry peers on a virtual roundtable session titled, “Refiling air cargo’s flight plan: Growth opportunities and obstacles in airfreight,” on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 11:45 […]

UPS strategy pivot limits fleet growth

UPS’ new CEO Carol Tomé, who took over the reins from David Abney on June 1, outlined a new direction for the company that will prioritize higher-quality revenue streams over volume growth. Future fleet additions and capital investments will be more rigidly scrutinized, which could restrain further fleet growth for UPS. “What we have done […]

GA Telesis moves into 737NG freighter market

[Edited to add commentary from GA Telesis.] Florida-headquartered GA Telesis has placed an order for one 737-800SF conversion with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI), with an option for a second aircraft [FATs 005533-005534]. According to GA Telesis and AEI, the first aircraft to be converted (32903) will be inducted in August and is expected to be […]
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