Jazz Aviation launches simplified Dash 8-400 freighter

Canada-based Jazz Aviation will become the first operator of the Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighter, a version of the Dash 8-400 that has all its passenger seats removed. This modification was recently approved by Transport Canada. Jazz told Cargo Facts it is exploring opportunities to begin Simplified Package Freighter operations in early May. The first aircraft to feature […]

Lufthansa Technik to develop STC for ‘auxiliary freighters’

Lufthansa Technik is developing passenger-to-cargo conversion programs that temporarily reconfigure passenger aircraft as “auxiliary freighters” capable of transporting cargo on the passenger deck. The MRO has already converted four A330-300s for its carrier affiliate Lufthansa, and the modification was subsequently approved by the German Federal Aviation Authority. While the first four aircraft will be permitted […]

CFA 2020: Idled aircraft to become conversion feedstock

The negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on passenger aircraft operations is a surprising boon to operators and lessors searching for suitable feedstock for freighter conversions. This was the consensus at a panel discussion on freighter conversions during this week’s Cargo Facts Asia virtual event. “We’re actually seeing quite a dramatic increase in orders amongst […]

CFA 2020: Industry nuances to limit new entrants to freighter leasing

Ongoing growth in the air cargo industry and freighter operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic may not extend to new entrants to the leasing and operating spaces, according to speakers at this week’s Cargo Facts Asia 2020. Lead times for conversions, and other barriers to entry for this unique segment of the market pose challenges that […]

ACG 747-400Fs remain in limbo

The airfreight market continues to suffer from a shortage of capacity as passenger flight cancellations are extended and aircraft parked due to the COVID-19 crisis, with stored freighters being brought back online. But the fate of three 747-400BDSFs previously operated by Slovakia-based Air Cargo Global (ACG) appears far from certain. Two of those, units 24998 […]

Precision 757 conversions now total 120

Precision Aircraft Solutions has completed its 120th 757-200PCF conversion and redelivered the aircraft (29942, ex-TUI Airways) to SF Airlines [FAT 005386]. The 757, which was originally delivered from the Boeing factory in 1999, was inducted at the AMECO facility in Chengdu (CTU) in December 2019, and arrived at SF’s hub in Shenzhen (SZX) on April 16. It […]

Canadian freighter fleet to add 737-400Fs

Canada-based aviation and MRO services provider KF Aerospace this week finalized an order for three 737-400SF conversions from Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) [FATs 005381-5383]. The first aircraft (24769, ex-Flair Airlines) will be inducted for conversion at KF Aerospace’s own MRO facility in Kelowna (YLW) next month. Upon redelivery, the aircraft is set to become the […]

Narrowbody fleet shaped by feedstock and FAA constraints

The year since we last tallied the narrowbody fleet has been full of unexpected twists and turns that have affected both certification timelines for new programs and feedstock availability. A U.S. government shutdown that began Dec. 22, 2018 and spanned thirty-five days left the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) without the resources to expeditiously certify new […]
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