Fleeting solutions: Passenger freighters lack longevity

[Note: All figures and information in this feature were correct as of May 30.] Just outside East Africa’s bustling Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines has been toiling endlessly to modify a significant proportion of its passenger fleet to carry additional cargo. Some twenty-two reconfigured aircraft, a wide mix of fleet types ranging in size from the […]

Pelita Air Service shifts focus to freighters

Indonesia-based Pelita Air Service has taken redelivery of its first freighter-converted ATR 72-500F (746, ex-Veling) and begun operating it in charter service for Angkasa Pura Logistics (APLOG), a subsidiary of the state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura Airports [FAT 005451]. Unit 746, completed in mid-May, was ferried from the Indopelita Aircraft Services facility at Pondok Cabe […]

First 777-300ER to be converted arrives at TLV

The aircraft set to become the prototype 777-300ERSF has arrived in Tel Aviv (TLV), where it will be converted into freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) [FATs 005447-005448]. The 777-300ER (32789) had previously been in operation with Emirates since 2005, on lease from GECAS. The carrier told Cargo Facts it withdrew the aircraft from service […]

Cargo Facts Connect: Volga v. Boeing, more Amazon freighters

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr has now been denied its motion for a temporary restraining order to stop Boeing from selling a 747-8F and three 777Fs that were originally destined for AirBridgeCargo. And notably, Amazon announced the addition of more 767-300Fs to its already significant fleet of freighters, and GECAS and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will soon kick […]

Aerotranscargo offers 747-400 pax freighter, could add more -400Fs

All-747F operator Aerotranscargo is looking to grow its fleet further while others downsize, and has added to its portfolio a passenger 747-400 (28959) temporarily reconfigured for cargo, with potentially two more production freighters to come. Unit 28959 was previously operated for Saudi Arabia-based flynas by Moldova-based Terra Avia, flying Hajj services between Indonesia and Saudi […]

Amazon to boost 767-300F fleet leased from ATSG

Amazon will lease twelve additional freighter-converted 767-300Fs from ATSG’s leasing affiliate, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), the e-tailer announced today. The 767 will remain as the backbone of the Amazon Air fleet as CAM is set to grow the number of 767Fs CAM leases to Amazon to forty-two units by the end of next year. By […]

IAI redelivers two 767-300BDSFs to CAM

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has redelivered two freshly converted 767-300BDSFs to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), the leasing arm of ATSG, after another 767-300 (29429, ex-American), arrived May 28 at IAI’s facility in Tel Aviv (TLV) to undergo conversion into freighter configuration [FATs 005443-005446]. The first of the two freighters (29229, ex-LATAM), which arrived at TLV in August […]

KlasJet enters freighter market with leased Bluebird 737-300F

Iceland-based Bluebird Nordic has subleased its sole remaining 737-300BDSF (25263, ex-Frontier) to sister airline KlasJet as it looks to consolidate its fleet around the 737-400F platform [FAT 005439]. Bluebird confirmed to Cargo Facts that unit 25263 will be in service with KlasJet in the longer term, as opposed to a more temporary arrangement during the COVID-19 […]
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