Crew safety amid pandemic challenges cargo carriers

Sweden-headquartered West Atlantic Group is rethinking the process of crew transport, and preparing contingency plans to maintain its operational commitments during the COVID-19 outbreak. With increasing travel restrictions and dwindling passenger transport systems, crew transport and safety now loom among the most significant challenges to keeping the air cargo supply chain functioning amid the COVID-19 […]

Freighters carry medical aid from China to Europe

As the COVID-19 crisis worsens in Europe, a plethora of medical equipment and aid is now being flown in from China by a range of freighter aircraft, whether production, converted or makeshift. ASL Airlines Belgium is currently operating ten flights a week using 747-400Fs between Liege and China. While these flights transported medical supplies from […]

Amazon Air to hand over first 737-800BCF to Sun Country Air

Even as demand for passenger travel falters amid the Covid-19 outbreak, low-cost carrier Sun Country Air will soon be adding flights — not to carry passengers, but rather to haul cargo on behalf of Amazon Air. On March 22, a 737-800BCF (32348, ex-Pegasus) departed Shanghai (PVG) for Everett (PAE) ahead of redelivery to GECAS [FAT […]

AA accelerates fleet retirements, frees up feedstock

American Airlines’ plans to accelerate the retirement of its older aircraft in light of the sharp drop in passenger traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a feedstock situation that could be attractive for those looking to add 757 freighters. Apart from cutting much of its international traffic, Doug Parker, CEO of American […]

Widebody wind down seen in February freighter aircraft transactions

For the first time since 2015, there was a net reduction to large widebody capacity for the month of February 2020.  Five large widebody freighters were removed as CargologicAir, FedEx and Lufthansa Cargo parked or retired freighters. During the same period, just four large widebody freighters were added to the fleets of DHL Express, Cargolux […]

Coronavirus snarls freighter redeliveries out of China

Redeliveries of some freighter conversions being carried out at MROs in China will encounter disruptions and delays until travel restrictions are lifted. Even as MRO workers return from a Lunar New Year holiday that was prolonged by quarantine measures undertaken to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak, many key stakeholders in the process remain stuck outside […]

Spring peak arrives early for China’s freighter operators

Freighter utilization rates by China’s “Big Three” combination carriers surged 83% month-to-month for the week of March 5-11, to nearly 3,000 flight hours, according to flight-tracking data analyzed by Cargo Facts. Compared to the same weeklong period in January, freighter flight hours were up 16%. Despite a precipitous drop in freighter hours flown between January […]
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