Cardig Air boosts capacity with reactivation

Indonesia-based Cardig Air plans to resume operating a 737-300F by the end of August, increasing its narrowbody freighter fleet to two units [FAT 005570]. The aircraft (23258) was previously in service with the carrier, but was placed into storage in 2018. After being pulled out of storage, unit 23258 underwent a C-check and had both […]

New Asian startup targets 2021 launch with 747Fs

A new company headquartered in Southeast Asia plans to commence freighter operations nine to twelve months from now, with the aim of building a fleet of two large widebody aircraft in the first year, and five within five years. One China Global Airways (OCG) told Cargo Facts it is in negotiations on the selection and […]

E-commerce growth pushes Russia’s S7 to freighters

Russia-based S7 Airlines will become a freighter operator when it takes delivery of the first of two 737-800BCFs in November, in part to accommodate the region’s burgeoning e-commerce market. The carrier expects the second aircraft to arrive in January 2021. Both are being leased from GECAS [FATs 005562-005563]. S7 told Cargo Facts it had made […]

MasAir eyes European ACMI operations

Mexico-based MasAir has been certified as a third-country operator (TCO) by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), authorizing it for commercial operations into and within the EU. MasAir told Cargo Facts the new certification allows the carrier to grow its newly established ACMI business unit. While the exact cities to which the carrier plans […]

737-800 conversion market diversification accelerates in 2020

In a year that has seen rising interest in 737NG conversions, at least four companies new to the model have placed orders for up to eleven 737-800Fs so far in 2020, with more yet to be disclosed or announced. The following chart shows orders for 737 family and A321 conversions since January 2019.   Many 2020 […]

Cargo Three prepares for A300F launch

Panama-based Cargo Three will soon launch operations with its first A300B4-200F (227, ex-AeroUnion). JMB Aviation Group, parent of Cargo Three, told Cargo Facts it expects to put the aircraft into service in about a month, after approval by the Panamanian authorities. For now, unit 227 is stored at Orlando Sanford (SFB), where it was ferried […]

Top 25 carrier rankings scrambled by fleet changes

While the mix of carriers in the top-five bracket remained the same in 2019, the order in which they are ranked looks very different compared to a year ago, thanks to changes to their freighter fleets.  In our list of Top 25 Carriers by total FTKs, the top five leaders collectively added a net of twenty-three freighters in 2019. The […]
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