SprintAir to introduce first ATR 72-500F

Poland-based SprintAir has added its first ATR 72-500 to its fleet. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that the newly acquired aircraft (686, ex-HOP) is being converted into freighter configuration at its own maintenance facility in Warsaw (WAW) [FATs 005578-005579]. SprintAir said it had selected unit 686 after an “extensive” market search for a good candidate […]

Amazon registers its own 767-300ER

On Aug. 31, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued Amazon.com Services LLC a temporary registration certificate for a 767-300ER (25274, ex-WestJet) the e-commerce giant had recently acquired [FAT 005606]. This is the first aircraft registered directly to Amazon, according to the FAA registry. Although it is early yet to tell if the acquisition is a […]

KF set to carry out AEI conversions at second location

Canada-based KF Aerospace is establishing a 737-400SF conversion line at a second location, in Hamilton (YHM). The company’s YHM facility will soon provide touch labor for its first 737-400SF conversion according to an Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) STC. As part of a newly placed conversion order with AEI, the KF-owned aircraft (26280, ex-Juliet Romeo Aviation), […]

Seen: A321P2F in Qantas/Australia Post colors

The first A321 freighter converted by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has taken its first flight in the colors of launch customer Qantas Freight. Lessor Vallair confirmed to Cargo Facts that delivery to Qantas is expected in the next couple of weeks. The first A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion performing a test flight in Singapore prior to delivery to […]

A trio of 737-800 conversions for Aero Capital Solutions

U.S.-based Aero Capital Solutions (ACS) is bullish on narrowbody freighters and has committed to at least three 737-800SF conversions with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI). ACS confirmed to Cargo Facts that it had ferried all three aircraft (28231, ex-Smartwings; 28655, ex-Eastar Jet; and 29925, ex-Go2Sky) to the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (STAECO) facility in […]

Freighter values resilient amid COVID-19

Although values for some older vintage passenger aircraft models could decline by as much as 45%, freighter values are expected to hold stable through the current COVID-19 pandemic-induced downturn, according to a revised forecast from aircraft valuation firm Avitas. The resilience of freighter values stems from conditions prevalent in today’s market including, “The shortage of […]

Texel Air looks to 737-700FC for growth as utilization doubles

Having taken delivery of its first 737-700FC (30293, an ex-Yakutia), Bahrain-based Texel Air is eager to put the aircraft’s upgraded capabilities to good use and take advantage of the high demand for cargo capacity worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. George Chisholm, CEO of Chisholm Enterprises, Texel Air’s parent company, told Cargo Facts that unit 30293, […]

KF Aerospace’s Tracy Medve to speak on CFS conversion panel

Tracy Medve, president of KF Aerospace, has joined the Cargo Facts Symposium 2020 speaker faculty. Medve will discuss the outlook for narrowbody freighter conversions amid the pandemic on a virtual roundtable session titled, “Narrowbody freighters: Prospects for conversion and fleet expansion.” The session will be broadcast live on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 11:00 a.m. EST. […]
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