Citilink deploys 737-500 in cargo configuration for Garuda, sans cargo door

Indonesia-based Citilink, an affiliate carrier of Garuda Indonesia, has torn out the seats of a 737-500 (28727) that was previously in storage, and will begin operating the aircraft in cargo configuration. The aircraft in “Garuda Cargo” livery was unveiled at a Nov. 10 ceremony held at the Aeroasia hangar at Jakarta airport (CGK). A cargo […]

SpiceJet grows freighter fleet with second 737-800BCF

India-based SpiceJet will soon receive its second 737-800BCF (30475), on lease from Spectre Air Capital [FATs 005231-005232]. With this redelivery, the carrier grows its freighter fleet to five units. Unit 30475 has been spotted in Jinan (TNA), where it was converted by Boeing at the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co., Ltd. (STAECO) facility. The aircraft was manufactured in […]

Diversification, robust demand for 767Fs elevate ATSG 3Q19 results

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) reported an increase in customer revenue for the third quarter of 2019 of 79% year-over-year to US$366.1 million, partly because of the acquisition of Omni Air International in November 2018 but also because of strong demand for ATSG’s 767 freighters and flight operations. Operating income rose by almost 52% compared […]

Second 737-800BDSF begins flight tests

The second 737-800 to be converted into cargo configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group (28619, ex-Pegasus) has been completed and took its first test flight on Nov. 4. The flight took place to the northwest of Tel Aviv (TLV) and lasted just under four hours. Meanwhile, the first 737-800BDSF (30498, ex-Transaero Airlines) has remained […]

Loganair adds first ATR freighter

Scotland-based Loganair has taken redelivery of its maiden ATR freighter, an ATR 72-500F (570, ex-Canary Fly). The 21-year-old aircraft is on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) [FATs 005222-005224]. Loganair recently told Cargo Facts that this is expected to be the first of at least two ATR 72 freighters to join the fleet, and that […]

West Atlantic UK extends 737F MRO deal with KLM UK Engineering

Cargo carrier West Atlantic UK and KLM UK Engineering, the wholly owned MRO subsidiary of KLM Engineering & Maintenance, have agreed to extend their airframe maintenance contract. The two companies first entered into the maintenance deal at the end of 2017, taking effect in January 2018. Under the contract, KLM UK Engineering will carry out heavy maintenance […]

FAA, Boeing backpedal on repair approval hurdle for freighter conversions

Boeing and the FAA have come to terms on how to approve structural repairs for freighter conversions and other aircraft altered by a non-Boeing STC, as long as the repair does not encompass an area affected by the STC. Earlier this month, Boeing told customers that STC holders would be responsible for approving all structural […]
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