Startup Air Falcon receives first freighter

Pakistan-based Air Falcon has taken redelivery of its first aircraft, a 737-300F (27713, ex-Southwest Airlines) on lease from Rostrum Leasing [FAT 005417]. Unit 27713, converted by PEMCO in 2019 and stored in Victorville (VCV) since November, departed VCV May 15 to begin its ferry flight to Pakistan, stopping in Bangor (BGR), Keflavik (KEF) and Varna […]

Cargo Facts Connect: Carriers add capacity with passenger-freighter reconfigurations

At least twenty-two carriers have reconfigured close to seventy passenger aircraft, and Cargo Facts this week released an update to its new Passenger-Freighter Database that illustrates the degree to which passenger aircraft have been modified to boost capacity to carry cargo . In the video below, Cargo Facts editors Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee discuss […]

BlackRock fund hedges aviation bet with freighters

Aviation Holdings III, a pooled private equity fund from BlackRock, is diversifying its portfolio with an order for three 737-800SF freighter conversions from Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) and the acquisition of three 747-400Fs [FATs 005405-5409]. Although BlackRock’s previous aviation funds have held freighters, the current weakness of the passenger market brought about by the COVID-19 […]

De Havilland extends simplified conversion for Dash 8s

De Havilland has obtained regulatory approval from Transport Canada for its Dash 8-100, -200 and -300 Simplified Package Freighter conversion that features a stripped-out passenger cabin without seats. The manufacturer developed the conversion program as a solution to the lack of airfreight capacity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and allows operators to make better use […]

JD restarts dedicated freighter operation

Chinese e-tailer JD.com has chartered a 737-300F to improve its parcel delivery services across the country. The aircraft (27518, ex-Air China) has begun flying between Shenzhen (SZX) and Wuxi (WUX), operated by Zhejiang Loong Airlines (or Loong Air). JD told Cargo Facts the aircraft, with JD Express branding, is dedicated to the route at this […]

Cargo Facts Consulting releases new 20-year freighter forecast

Cargo Facts Consulting (CFC), Cargo Facts’ sister venture, this week released its latest forecast for the global freighter aircraft fleet, and projected growth in the global freighter aircraft fleet over the next 20 years. This 15th edition of the report includes an in-depth analysis of recent developments and trends across the feeder, narrowbody, medium and large widebody freighter […]
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