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 […]

Outgoing United 757s could make great freighters, but fleet retirement depends on MAX reentry

United Airlines had planned to to start retiring its fleet of 757-200/300s beginning in 2020, but Andrew Nocella, the company’s COO recently told journalists the retirement schedule will now depend on when the 737 MAX reenters service. Last year, United announced it would use 737 MAX 10s to replace outgoing 757-200s. Given the continued popularity […]

Atlas 3Q earnings take hit from tariffs and trade tensions

While total block hours were up 7.7% year-over-year, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reported an operating loss of $0.88 million for the third quarter of 2019, a 102% drop year-on-year. Adjusted net income was $9.5 million, 78% lower than 3Q 2018. Block-hour growth was mainly driven by CMI flying. During the third quarter of 2019, Atlas […]

Boeing to bring 737-800BCF conversion line to GAMECO

Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co., Ltd. (GAMECO) and Boeing today announced plans to establish a third conversion site for the 737-800BCF at GAMECO’s Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) facility. The first aircraft is expected to be inducted for conversion in 2020. Additional conversion lines had been expected following a flurry of 737-800BCF orders at this year’s […]

CFS 2019: Strength of domestic express, feedstock issues dominate Symposium discussions

SAN DIEGO – On the sidelines of Cargo Facts Symposium 2019, Chelsea Toczauer, associate editor, Cargo Facts sat down with Rich Corrado, president, ATSG to discuss growth prospects for the U.S. domestic express fleet, and his reflections on Cargo Facts Symposium 2019. Despite softening demand for international long-haul transportation, Corrado expects robust demand from domestic […]

Royal Air Maroc considering additional 767-300Fs

After more than a year of widebody freighter operations, which began in June 2018 with a 767-300BCF, Casablanca-based Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is preparing to expand its freighter network and fleet. Over the next few years the carrier plans to add freighters, Salim Quouninich, VP Cargo, Royal Air Maroc, told Cargo Facts. Although a decision […]

CFS 2019: Reducing the cost of engine ownership

SAN DIEGO – As more next-generation narrowbody aircraft become suitable for conversion into freighter configuration, lessors and operators are increasingly hoping to lower the costs associated with owning engines that power these airframes. During Cargo Facts Symposium’s first ever panel dedicated to engine issues with regard to narrowbody conversions, Aileen Barton, marketing manager of GE […]

DHL replaces Air Hong Kong A300F with A330F

DHL Express has swapped out an Air Hong Kong A300-600F (683, ex-Japan Airlines) for the newly converted A330-300P2F (231, ex-Thai Airways) that was redelivered in early September 2019. After operating a rotation between Hong Kong (HKG) and Taipei (TPE), unit 683 was ferried to Dresden (DRS) on Oct. 19 via Dubai (DWC). Meanwhile, unit 231, […]
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