Voyageur spins out regional aircraft leasing division

Canada-based Voyageur Aviation has established Voyageur Leasing, a new division dedicated to mid-life and older regional aircraft. The new division seeks to grow the leased portfolio of out-of-production regional freighters, which is currently modest in size.  While parent Chorus Aviation already has a leasing division called Chorus Aviation Capital that has Dash 8s, ATRs, CRJs, […]

SF opts for younger aircraft as fleet hits 60

SF Airlines, the carrier affiliate of Shenzhen-based SF Express, took redelivery of a 757-200PCF (29943, ex-TUI Airways), growing its fleet to sixty aircraft [FAT 005508]. As the carrier’s fleet grows, it is increasingly opting for younger aircraft. The latest redelivery (29943), was aged just over twenty years old, as was the case with three 757-200PCFs […]

AEI commences 737-800 conversions in China

Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) has begun converting 737-800s at the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company (STAECO) facility in Jinan (TNA). The first aircraft (29916, ex-AnadoluJet) was ferried by BlackRock from Shannon (SNN) to TNA July 9 to be inducted for conversion [FAT 005504]. In May, when the agreement between BlackRock and AEI for up to […]

Planes on Pause: COVID forces aircraft into storage

On July 8, a 767-300ER (25583) previously operated by Air Canada Rouge and parked at Kansas City (MCI) touched down at Pinal Airpark (MZJ), followed by two more Air Canada 767-300s in the next two days. All three planes, considered suitable conversion feedstock, have been inducted into storage programs at Ascent Aviations Services, located at […]

PEMCO expands 737NG conversion options with -700 STC

Competition intensifies in the 737NG conversion market, as a fourth company is cleared to convert aircraft of this type.   On July 10, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued PEMCO a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its multi-configuration 737-700 FlexCombi. PEMCO is now working with the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency for certification in China and Europe.  The […]

Cargo Air orders last 737 Classic conversion, brings forward NGs

Cargo Air has ordered a 737-400SF conversion from Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) but is looking ahead to 737-800Fs, shifting forward their introduction to 2021. According to AEI, the aircraft (28882, ex-Go2Sky) is slated to be inducted for conversion into freighter configuration in mid-September at the Commercial Jet facility in Dothan, Ala. (DHN). This is Cargo […]

DHL appoints Mesa Airlines as new 737F operator

DHL Express continues to diversify its ACMI and CMI partners. The express integrator has signed an agreement designating Arizona-based Mesa Airlines as the latest partner carrier to operate aircraft on its behalf, with the first of two 737-400Fs entering service in October. This marks Mesa Airlines’ first foray into cargo operations and the 737 platform. […]

Amazon dominates June Freighter Aircraft Transactions activity

Amazon dominated the narrowbody freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) recorded by Cargo Facts for the month of June, having taken redelivery of four 737-800BCFs on lease from GECAS and placed them with Sun Country Airlines to be CMI-operated. By number of freighters, this was more than any other carrier or operator had received. Other highlights include […]
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