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 […]

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. […]

757 feedstock released from Icelandair

Icelandair is removing 757-200s from its fleet and will soon sell three for conversion into freighters. According to the company, the net sale price of the three aircraft — two of 1994 vintage and one manufactured in 2000 — is $2-$3 million above book value at approximately $21 million. The transaction is expected to close […]

Amazon to place more 737Fs with Sun Country

Sun Country Airlines is set to grow its CMI operation for Amazon with more 737 freighters. The e-commerce giant’s next 737-800BCF (29120, ex-Corendon Airlines) arrived in Everett (PAE) Oct. 6 after conversion by Boeing in China, showing “Operated by Sun Country, Inc.” near the cockpit windows. As with Amazon’s 737s currently being flown by the Minneapolis-based […]

Boeing 2020 CMO: Freighters resilient but not immune to COVID challenges

The global freighter fleet is expected to grow to 3,260 freighters over the next two decades, representing an increase of 63% from the current fleet of 2,010 freighters, according to an update to Boeing’s Commercial Market Outlook (CMO). Compared to passenger aircraft, the dislocation from the COVID-19 crisis to freighter demand is expected to be […]

AerCaribe grows with fourth 737-400F

Colombia-based AerCaribe has taken redelivery of its fourth 737-400F [FAT 005653]. The aircraft (24130, ex-AlbaStar) was acquired by AerCaribe and inducted for conversion in May with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) at the Commercial Jet facility in Dothan (DHN). The carrier could not provide an exact date for the entry into service of the new addition, […]
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