Cargo Facts Consulting releases new 20-year freighter forecast

Cargo Facts Consulting (CFC), Cargo Facts’ sister venture, this week released its latest forecast for the global freighter aircraft fleet, and projected growth in the global freighter aircraft fleet over the next 20 years. This 15th edition of the report includes an in-depth analysis of recent developments and trends across the feeder, narrowbody, medium and large widebody freighter […]

First 737-800BDSF begins flying with DHL

In a series of firsts, the freshly certified 737-800BDSF has entered service with DHL Express and begun its first scheduled operations with the integrator. The first aircraft of its type to start regular flying anywhere in the world, unit 30498 (ex-Transaero Airlines) is also the first 737-800 to be converted by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). […]

ATSG growth fueled by e-commerce in Q1

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) reported first-quarter net income from continuing operations of $134 million, up from $23 million in Q1 of 2019. The increase reflects the demand for ATSG’s core business of leasing and operating 767 freighters. “Despite the pandemic, we remain cautiously optimistic about the rest of 2020, as we deploy more 767 […]

Lufthansa Technik nabs customer for A380 freighter-lite

Lufthansa Technik has secured a contract to reconfigure an A380 as an “auxiliary freighter” capable of transporting cargo on its passenger decks. The experiment, prompted by the ongoing capacity crunch induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, will yield an aircraft that is the closest to an A380F the world has ever seen.  While Lufthansa Technik has […]

MASkargo resumes freighter ops in Europe

Malaysia Airlines’ airfreight arm, MASkargo, has flown a freighter to Europe for the first time in more than four years. The eight-year-old A330-200F (1136) arrived in Amsterdam (AMS) on May 4, from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) via Dubai (DWC). The first flight transported more than 50 tonnes of general cargo and medical equipment. According to the […]

Condor shifts from leisure to cargo with reconfigured 767s

Germany-based leisure airline Condor has begun operating “converted” versions of its 767-300ERs with seats removed from the passenger cabin, joining a growing list of airlines that are maximizing cargo volume during the COVID-19 crisis. Condor confirmed to Cargo Facts it has already converted four of its 767-300ERs, and plans to modify ten more aircraft. All […]

Western Global adds third 747-400F, reactivates MD-11F

Western Global Airlines added to its fleet a third 747-400F and started the process of reactivating one of several stored MD-11Fs. Amid the global airfreight capacity crunch, the carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that it took ownership of unit 29258 (ex-Atlas Air) on April 22 and will soon place it into service [FAT 005395]. The […]

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 […]
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