UPS gears up for peak with more widebody capacity

UPS will bring on several widebody freighters between now and the end of the year as it prepares for a surge in demand on top of the current peak-like conditions. The integrator took delivery of its eighteenth 747-8F (65783) from Boeing on Oct. 22 [FAT 005685], ferrying the aircraft to the UPS Worldport in Louisville […]

Olympus prepares to double 757F fleet

Olympus Airways will soon add two more freighters to its fleet. The Greek carrier told Cargo Facts it expects to introduce its third and fourth 757-200PCFs by the end of November, both leased from New Zealand-based Airwork. Cargo Facts believes the two aircraft are units 27056 and 27054 (both ex-American Airlines); the former has been […]

KLM 747 Combis slip off schedule and (back) into retirement

Three KLM-operated 747-400 Combis — the final three in commercial services — will disappear from cargo schedules with the start of the winter season Oct. 25. Retirement will follow for the widebody trio, KLM Cargo confirmed. Though the aircraft will no longer be hauling cargo for KLM, the airframes will continue to support the air […]

Amazon Air goes international with Leipzig hub

Amazon has begun handling its own flights at its newly launched hub in Leipzig (LEJ), a move that mirrors the Amazon Air network in the United States. While Amazon has long had carriers flying intra-Europe on its behalf, the e-commerce giant now has its own ground team and facility to support an own-controlled network. The […]

Introducing the Cargo Facts Symposium 2020 engine panel

Cargo Facts is pleased to announce a roundtable dedicated to engines at this year’s Cargo Facts Symposium, taking place virtually Oct. 27-28. Titled “Powering the next generation: engines, engine supply chain and maintenance,” this panel will be presented as a pre-recorded session, made available on demand to attendees on Tuesday, Oct. 27. While hundreds of […]

GlobalX and Vallair sign LoI for ten A321Fs

Florida-based startup Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) intends to lease ten A321 converted freighters from Luxembourg-based Vallair. Under the letter of intent (LoI), the first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered to GlobalX by the third quarter of 2021, with all ten in service by the second quarter of 2023. GlobalX told Cargo Facts it is […]

Sine Draco selects MRO for A321-200 conversion

Sine Draco Aviation Development has selected Ascent Aviation Services’ Tucson (TUS) MRO facility to perform touch labor for its in-development A321-200SDF passenger-to-freighter conversion program.  Ascent Aviation plans to induct the first aircraft (963, ex-AtlasGlobal) early next year, Sine Draco told Cargo Facts.       Accounting for touch labor, engineering and flight tests, Sine Draco is targeting a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA in late 2021 or early 2022.   Sine […]

ASL prepares for Amazon 737 operations

ASL Airlines will soon begin flying 737-800BCFs on behalf of Amazon, becoming the newest carrier to operate aircraft painted in the e-commerce giant’s livery and the first in Europe. The first 737-800BCF in Amazon colors that was delisted from the U.S. register and delivered to Shannon (SNN) in late September (33544, ex-Ryanair) has now been […]
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