Outgoing United 757s could make great freighters, but fleet retirement depends on MAX reentry

United Airlines had planned to to start retiring its fleet of 757-200/300s beginning in 2020, but Andrew Nocella, the company’s COO recently told journalists the retirement schedule will now depend on when the 737 MAX reenters service. Last year, United announced it would use 737 MAX 10s to replace outgoing 757-200s. Given the continued popularity […]

Atlas 3Q earnings take hit from tariffs and trade tensions

While total block hours were up 7.7% year-over-year, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reported an operating loss of $0.88 million for the third quarter of 2019, a 102% drop year-on-year. Adjusted net income was $9.5 million, 78% lower than 3Q 2018. Block-hour growth was mainly driven by CMI flying. During the third quarter of 2019, Atlas […]

ANA Cargo puts own-operated 777F into trans-Pacific service

Japan-based ANA Cargo today commenced long-haul freighter operations with its own 777F aircraft. The carrier deployed its second of two 777Fs (65757) for the first flight on the new route between Tokyo (NRT) and Chicago (ORD). ANA Cargo told Cargo Facts that today’s inaugural flight carried approximately 80 tonnes of freight, consisting mainly of cars, […]

CFS 2019: Reducing the cost of engine ownership

SAN DIEGO – As more next-generation narrowbody aircraft become suitable for conversion into freighter configuration, lessors and operators are increasingly hoping to lower the costs associated with owning engines that power these airframes. During Cargo Facts Symposium’s first ever panel dedicated to engine issues with regard to narrowbody conversions, Aileen Barton, marketing manager of GE […]

DHL replaces Air Hong Kong A300F with A330F

DHL Express has swapped out an Air Hong Kong A300-600F (683, ex-Japan Airlines) for the newly converted A330-300P2F (231, ex-Thai Airways) that was redelivered in early September 2019. After operating a rotation between Hong Kong (HKG) and Taipei (TPE), unit 683 was ferried to Dresden (DRS) on Oct. 19 via Dubai (DWC). Meanwhile, unit 231, […]

CFS 2019: Containerized or bulk for feeders?

SAN DIEGO – Even with a large cargo door that would allow for the loading of unit load devices (ULDs), it might not always make sense for feeder freighters to do so. David Vanderzwaag, manager of sales and business development, interiors, at Collins Aerospace, told the audience at Cargo Facts Symposium 2019 the challenges he […]
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