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 […]

Avitas’ Kelly on 747 values as production fades: Industry Pulse

Historically, ending production for an aircraft drags down values. However, that’s not the case with the 747-8F, which Boeing last month decided to formally end production on.   In this episode of Cargo Facts’ monthly webinar series, Industry Pulse, Doug Kelly, SVP of asset valuation at Avitas, discusses the value trajectory for the 747 freighter now that an end to the line is […]

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. […]

737-700BDSF lands in China with Tianjin Air Cargo

Tianjin Air Cargo has added to its fleet its first 737-700BDSF (29086, ex-Xiamen Airlines) [FAT 005571-005572].   The aircraft is on a long-term operating lease from Spectre Cargo Solutions, through its Irish entity NGF Overseas Aircraft, and is the first 737-700 freighter on lease to a carrier based in mainland China.  Touch labor for the conversion was performed by Israel Aerospace Industries’ […]

ACT Airlines on the hunt for 747-400Fs

Turkey-based ACT Airlines is on the hunt for more 747Fs. The carrier told Cargo Facts it plans to add two more units to its all-747-400F fleet either later this year, or in 2021. ACT said it had decided on the expansion and begun the search last year, but is currently still evaluating the most feasible assets, […]
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