Hi Fly pilots first A380 freighter-lite

Portugal-based wet lease specialist Hi Fly has become the first airline to modify an A380 into a makeshift freighter by removing seats from its passenger cabin. According to Hi Fly, the reconfigured A380 offers a total volume of 165 cubic meters in the passenger cabin and 133 cubic meters in the belly, with a payload […]

Spotted: A321PCF prototype on the move

Freighter-converted A321s are on the horizon. The first A321-200 to be converted by 321 Precision Conversions, a joint venture between Precision Aircraft Solutions and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), was spotted taxiing outside the Avocet MRO facility at Orlando Sanford International (SFB), where the conformity aircraft is being converted. The aircraft (891, ex-FlyCAA), seen above, […]

Ethiopian to grow freighter fleet to 18

Ethiopian Airlines is set to grow its cargo fleet with six more freighters. The carrier told Cargo Facts it will be adding one new 777F directly from Boeing, three freighter-converted 767Fs, and two freighter-converted 737Fs, but declined to provide an approximate timeline for their arrival. The 777F, Ethiopian’s eleventh, could be the third 777F involved in […]

In shuttering 747 program, Boeing shuns consortium’s proposal, Cargo Facts learns

Not only is Boeing abandoning the 747 platform, continuing its trend in recent years of turning away customers seeking to purchase the iconic widebody, the aerospace giant has also declined an offer to acquire the program, Cargo Facts has learned. Efforts to save the 747-8 have failed, requiring the air cargo industry to face the […]

ATSG expands ACMI flying for DHL

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) has expanded its ACMI support of DHL Express’ network by deploying a 767 in the Asia-Pacific region and another on the transatlantic lane. In mid-June, a 767-300BDSF (25447) operated by ATSG subsidiary Air Transport International (ATI) made its way from Wilmington (ILN) to Hong Kong (HKG), via Honolulu (HNL) and […]

Asiana ponders freighter fleet renewal

Amid an ongoing deal to be acquired by a consortium led by HDC Group, South Korea-based Asiana Airlines is looking toward the renewal of its freighter fleet, currently consisting of seven 747-400BDSFs, four 747-400Fs and one 767-300F, along with a parked 747-400BDSF. Asiana Cargo told Cargo Facts it is considering upgrading its fleet with 777Fs […]

Aviastar-Tu to add Cainiao-branded 757F

Russia-based Aviastar-Tu could soon be adding its fourth 757-200F, but this one, unlike the other three, is painted in the colors of Cainiao, Alibaba’s logistics arm. The 757-200PCF was seen conducting ground tests in Goodyear (GYR) and posted to social media in late June. Cargo Facts believes the aircraft is unit 27051 (ex-American Airlines), which was […]

Northern Air Cargo adds third 737-400F

Alaska-based Northern Air Cargo has purchased a 737-400F (25267) [FAT 005363]. The carrier told Cargo Facts it expects to deploy it in service this week. Unit 25267 was previously in service with U.K.-based West Atlantic. After being withdrawn at the end of February, it was ferried from East Midlands (EMA) to Tampa (TPA) in early […]
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