Pos Malaysia relaunches freighter operations with 737-400F

Malaysian postal and aviation group Pos Malaysia has restarted own-controlled freighter operations with an owned 737-400F (25099, ex-Alaska Airlines) [FAT 005474]. The 737 was the first of five ex-Alaska Airlines 737-400 combis acquired by Canada-based Avmax for conversion to full-freighter configuration by PEMCO. Unit 25099 was redelivered in June 2019 and ferried from Tampa (TPA) […]

EASA rules out temp combis, but there might be a middle ground

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is ruling out the reconfiguration of passenger aircraft into makeshift combis that have separate maindeck sections dedicated to passenger and cargo transport. “Temporary combis” are not not going to fly — at least not in EASA-regulated regions, but that doesn’t quite make it impossible to carry both cargo […]

JD expands 737-300F charter operation

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has begun a second own-controlled route under its partnership with Loong Air. The Zhejiang-based carrier started flying a 737-300F (27518, ex-Air China) chartered by JD between Wuxi (WUX) and Tianjin (TSN) on June 16, ahead of JD’s June 18 anniversary sale event. Unit 27518, which features JD Express branding and offers 130 cubic […]

Idled Dash 8 fleet crowds conversion market

With passenger services to remote locations cut off or dramatically reduced as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, proposals to utilize turboprop aircraft for cargo-only missions have surged.   In response to operator requests for temporary cargo reconfigurations, aircraft converters — and OEMs in particular — have turned to the Dash 8 platform. These temporary solutions now complement a sizable […]

Reconfigured passenger-freighter fleet tops 130

More than 130 passenger aircraft have now been reconfigured for cargo by removing seats from the main-deck cabin, according to Cargo Facts research. Meanwhile, the total number of passenger freighters, which includes aircraft that have not had seats removed, has grown to more than 1,800. Airlines that have opted to reconfigure passenger cabins have done […]

Pelita Air Service shifts focus to freighters

Indonesia-based Pelita Air Service has taken redelivery of its first freighter-converted ATR 72-500F (746, ex-Veling) and begun operating it in charter service for Angkasa Pura Logistics (APLOG), a subsidiary of the state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura Airports [FAT 005451]. Unit 746, completed in mid-May, was ferried from the Indopelita Aircraft Services facility at Pondok Cabe […]

KlasJet enters freighter market with leased Bluebird 737-300F

Iceland-based Bluebird Nordic has subleased its sole remaining 737-300BDSF (25263, ex-Frontier) to sister airline KlasJet as it looks to consolidate its fleet around the 737-400F platform [FAT 005439]. Bluebird confirmed to Cargo Facts that unit 25263 will be in service with KlasJet in the longer term, as opposed to a more temporary arrangement during the COVID-19 […]
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