ASL prepares for Amazon 737 operations

ASL Airlines will soon begin flying 737-800BCFs on behalf of Amazon, becoming the newest carrier to operate aircraft painted in the e-commerce giant’s livery and the first in Europe. The first 737-800BCF in Amazon colors that was delisted from the U.S. register and delivered to Shannon (SNN) in late September (33544, ex-Ryanair) has now been […]

Weekly Wrap: Here come the A321 freighters

The A321F has very much been the star of the past week, with the first aircraft converted to freighter configuration by 321 Precision Conversions taking flight, the first EFW frame leaving Singapore on delivery, and a new operator committing to the platform.   In this Cargo Facts Connect episode, Senior Editor Charles Kauffman and Associate Editor Jeff Lee discuss these developments and look ahead to […]

SmartLynx leaps into freighters with A321PCF and A321P2F

SmartLynx Malta will become the latest combination carrier when it enters the freighter market as the launch operator of 321 Precision Conversions’ A321PCF program. SmartLynx will also be the first operator to have A321-200Fs converted by both 321 Precision Conversions and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW). The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that, in addition to unit […]

ATSG signs three more 767F leases, bests yearly delivery record

Air Transport Services Group’s (ATSG) dry-leasing arm, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), has signed three more deals to lease converted 767 freighters and is on course to deliver a record number of aircraft in a single year. The new agreements involve one 767-300BDSF for Alaska-based Northern Air Cargo [FAT 005666] and two 767-200BDSFs — one each […]

Delta accelerates 767-300 retirements

Delta Air Lines, the largest operator of 767-300ERs in passenger configuration prior to the onset of the pandemic, will retire the remaining forty-nine 767-300ERs in its fleet by December 2025. With the market heating up for 767 conversions, this large pool of airframes will be evaluated for its suitability as conversion candidates. Airframe pricing, cycles […]

Hawaiian to temporarily park freighters due to ‘Ohana suspension

Hawaiian Airlines will have to park its three active freighters when regional subsidiary ‘Ohana is suspended from Nov. 1. The suspension is triggered by a scope clause restricting the amount of flying the airline can contract out to Idaho-based Empire Airlines, which operates ‘Ohana’s cargo and passenger services, when flying by its own 717 and […]

Allied Air receives first African-owned 737-800SF

Nigeria-based Allied Air has taken redelivery of its first 737-800SF [FAT 005658]. The aircraft (36846, ex-Jet Airways), converted by Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI), was manufactured in 2007 and is the youngest 737NG to have been converted to date. Unit 36846 was inducted for conversion at the Commercial Jet facility in Miami (MIA) in March. After […]

A321-200PCF completes first test flight

On Oct. 10, 321 Precision Conversions, a joint venture of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Precision Aircraft Solutions, completed the first post-conversion test flight of its conformity A321-200PCF (891, ex-Air Mediterranee). The aircraft took to the skies above Sanford (SFB), where touch labor for the conversion was performed at the Avocet MRO Services facility. […]
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