Volga-Dnepr and Boeing in legal spat over order backlog

Volga-Dnepr Group, through its U.K. affiliate, is motioning for a temporary restraining order against Boeing in an attempt to reclaim delivery rights to a 747-8F and three 777Fs Boeing began remarketing earlier this year, after the group signaled earlier this year that it was no longer in a position to take delivery of the aircraft. […]

KlasJet enters freighter market with leased Bluebird 737-300F

Iceland-based Bluebird Nordic has subleased its sole remaining 737-300BDSF (25263, ex-Frontier) to sister airline KlasJet as it looks to consolidate its fleet around the 737-400F platform [FAT 005439]. Bluebird confirmed to Cargo Facts that unit 25263 will be in service with KlasJet in the longer term, as opposed to a more temporary arrangement during the COVID-19 […]

Operator mix expands with new own-controlled networks

The number of carriers operating on a CMI-basis on behalf of e-commerce and/or express companies in the United States grew by two in the first half of the year, with Phoenix-headquartered iAero Airways and Minneapolis-based Sun Country Airlines becoming the second and third U.S.-based 737-800Fs operators, respectively. In early May, DHL added iAero as a new […]

Georgian startup to launch with first freighter

Georgia-based Easycharter plans to launch operations with its first freighter in June. The startup carrier took redelivery of an A300B4-200F (210, ex-AeroUnion) in February [FAT 005435] and confirmed to Cargo Facts that it owns the aircraft, which carried out a short test flight for crew familiarization and training purposes May 25. The aircraft, which is […]

US carriers mixed on use of pax cabins for cargo following FAA approval

Some U.S.-based carriers are planning to transport cargo on seats on the main decks of passenger airplanes soon, following the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision last week to partially grant an exemption allowing for the practice. Alaska and Delta airlines both confirmed in mid-May to Cargo Facts that they were seeking FAA approval for such […]

EFW boosts gross weight with 777 redelivery

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has completed the conversion of its fourth A330-300F (MSN 777, ex-China Eastern Airlines) and redelivered the aircraft to DHL Express [FAT 005434]. This is the first high-gross-weight conversion and delivers an upward revision to the maximum gross payload for the A330-300P2F. EFW previously listed the maximum gross payload for the A330-300 at […]

China Southern takes two 777Fs amid capacity crunch

Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of two 777Fs from Boeing (65421 and 65422) [FATs 005432-005433]. The dual deliveries boost the carrier’s freighter fleet at a time when available air cargo capacity is in short supply as passenger flight frequencies in China have yet to resume pre-COVID-19 levels. China Southern’s freighter fleet now numbers […]
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