Demand vs. capacity in the COVID-19 age

March 2020 tonnage is significantly lower year over year compared to March 2019, according to reports by multiple sources, including IATA and WorldACD. Amid the coronavirus pandemic that has axed 80% of the world’s passenger flights, however, capacity is the more salient feature of the demand equation. A quick glance at the static March snapshot […]

Cargo Facts launches passenger-freighter database

Cargo Facts made available today a new passenger-freighter module within its popular freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) database. Since late March, Cargo Facts has been compiling a list of the aircraft that airlines have deployed on cargo-only missions during the COVID-19 crisis, based on information shared by airlines, handlers, forwarders, charter brokers, etc.; special cargo-only timetables; […]

Airbus SB to detail seat-to-pallet reconfiguration

Airbus plans to issue a service bulletin (SB) that outlines the procedure for reconfiguring passenger A330s and A350s to carry cargo on pallets that attach to the seat rails lining the passenger cabins. In parallel, the aerospace giant is working with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to obtain a supplemental type certificate (STC) […]

Aerotranscargo expands 747-400F fleet

More 747 freighters will soon be flying again, relieving the capacity constraints brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. Moldova-based Aerotranscargo has added to its portfolio a 747-400BCF (24459, ex-Thai Cargo) which it expects to become available from May 5 [FAT 005396]. Aerotranscargo told Cargo Facts that the aircraft is dry-leased to Moldova-based Terra Avia to […]

CFC: Freighter fleet on the rise, despite COVID-19

Factoring in COVID-19 disruptions, Cargo Facts Consulting (CFC) predicts the world’s jet freighter fleet will grow to 2,971 units by 2039, an increase of nearly 60% from the current fleet size of 1,885 units. Including net fleet growth and retirements, the global freighter fleet will have to add 2,322 jet freighters during the next two […]

Capacity crunch thrusts idled Southern Air 777F back into service

A 777F that has been sitting on the ground for almost a year has taken to the skies again, thanks to the COVID-19 crisis and the widespread shortage of airfreight capacity. The aircraft (35606) is owned by Titan Aviation, the dry-leasing arm of Atlas Air, and was previously operated by Emirates until January 2019. It […]

Widebody freighter retirement plans stall in March FATs

Large widebody freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) have slowed, dropping to just three in March and down from eight in February, as COVID-19 disruptions drove carriers to reevaluate retirement plans. Although February marked the first month in recent memory during which there was a net reduction to large widebody capacity, that trend reversed in March. ACE […]
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