E-commerce growth pushes Russia’s S7 to freighters

Russia-based S7 Airlines will become a freighter operator when it takes delivery of the first of two 737-800BCFs in November, in part to accommodate the region’s burgeoning e-commerce market. The carrier expects the second aircraft to arrive in January 2021. Both are being leased from GECAS [FATs 005562-005563]. S7 told Cargo Facts it had made […]

MasAir eyes European ACMI operations

Mexico-based MasAir has been certified as a third-country operator (TCO) by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), authorizing it for commercial operations into and within the EU. MasAir told Cargo Facts the new certification allows the carrier to grow its newly established ACMI business unit. While the exact cities to which the carrier plans […]

737-800 conversion market diversification accelerates in 2020

In a year that has seen rising interest in 737NG conversions, at least four companies new to the model have placed orders for up to eleven 737-800Fs so far in 2020, with more yet to be disclosed or announced. The following chart shows orders for 737 family and A321 conversions since January 2019.   Many 2020 […]

Cessna SkyCourier freighter takes first flight

Textron Aviation completed assembly of the first freighter-configured Cessna SkyCourier 408, and subsequently operated its first test flight, the company announced this week. Disruption in the form of later cutoff times for cities served by integrator feeder networks may be on the horizon. Unlike previous Cessna models that are currently widely utilized in cargo service, […]

Cargo Three prepares for A300F launch

Panama-based Cargo Three will soon launch operations with its first A300B4-200F (227, ex-AeroUnion). JMB Aviation Group, parent of Cargo Three, told Cargo Facts it expects to put the aircraft into service in about a month, after approval by the Panamanian authorities. For now, unit 227 is stored at Orlando Sanford (SFB), where it was ferried […]

Top 25 carrier rankings scrambled by fleet changes

While the mix of carriers in the top-five bracket remained the same in 2019, the order in which they are ranked looks very different compared to a year ago, thanks to changes to their freighter fleets.  In our list of Top 25 Carriers by total FTKs, the top five leaders collectively added a net of twenty-three freighters in 2019. The […]

GECAS firms up 60th 737-800BCF order, takes options for more

GECAS has converted existing options with Boeing for eleven 737-800BCFs, bringing the total number of  firm ordered conversions to sixty since the program’s launch in 2016 [FATs 005539-5559]. The lessor also added nine options to five existing options that have not yet been exercised. The eleven units firmed up will be redelivered between 2022 and […]

AEI boosts 737-800 conversion capacity on demand growth

Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) has designated Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO Xiamen) as a conversion center for its 737-800SF program, taking the number of conversion facilities it has to five. According to AEI, HAECO Xiamen will initially have one conversion line and begin touch labor on its first 737-800 in January 2021, but a second […]
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