Widebody freighter retirement plans stall in March FATs

Large widebody freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) have slowed, dropping to just three in March and down from eight in February, as COVID-19 disruptions drove carriers to reevaluate retirement plans. Although February marked the first month in recent memory during which there was a net reduction to large widebody capacity, that trend reversed in March. ACE […]

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: 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 […]

KLM to reactivate two 747 Combis as freighters

Netherlands-based KLM will bring two 747-400 Combis out of their short-lived retirement to serve as freighters between Amsterdam (AMS) and China during the COVID-19 crisis. The carrier has partnered with the Dutch government and the Royal Philips Dutch conglomerate to transport cargo on the aircraft for six to eight weeks, starting April 13. KLM had […]

CFA to discuss freighter leasing in light of COVID-19

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the freighter aircraft leasing industry will be the central theme during Session 9 of the virtual edition of Cargo Facts Asia later this month. In this session, scheduled for 08:45 a.m. China Standard Time (05:45 p.m. PST/8:45 p.m. EST/ 12:45 a.m. GMT) on Wednesday, April 22, we will […]

Cargojet takes second owned 767-200BDSF

Canada-based Cargojet Airways has taken redelivery of a 767-200BDSF (30430, ex-UTair) that was converted into freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) [FAT 005376]. Unit 30430 is the second 767-200BDSF owned by the carrier. The aircraft was ferried to Hamilton (YHM) on April 5 from the IAI facility in Tel Aviv (TLV), where it had arrived […]
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