National Airlines awakens 747F from seven-year slumber

Florida-headquartered National Airlines has brought a 747-400BCF (26547, ex-Cathay Pacific) out of long-term storage at Marana (MZJ) and will soon deploy it into service. The aircraft, which had been parked at MZJ since 2013, was ferried July 27 to San Antonio (SAT) where, according to National, it will undergo heavy maintenance for approximately forty-five days. […]

Conversion outlook: How many retired 767s will end up as freighters?

How many of the 280 operable 767-300ERs under age twenty-six are destined to become twenty-four pallet 767-300Fs? The pandemic may be changing the calculus.  Of the younger-vintage 767-300ERs, just 102 aircraft are currently active, according to data from ch-aviation. More than half (146) are currently in storage, twenty-six are in maintenance, and six are in conversion.   […]

MasAir expands with 767-300BDSF

Mexico-based MasAir is expanding its fleet by leasing a 767-300BDSF (24853, ex-ABX Air) under a long-term agreement with Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), the leasing division of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) [FAT 005517]. MasAir told Cargo Facts the aircraft will operate under its own air operator’s certificate (AOC) starting in August and will be flying […]

DHL continues 767 growth despite A330 backlog

DHL Express will grow its freighter fleet with the addition of four Boeing-converted 767-300BCFs, the two companies announced today in conjunction with the virtual presentation of the Farnborough International Airshow. [FATs 005511-005514]. DHL continues to order 767 conversions although it still has a firm order for four more EFW-converted A330-300P2Fs, widely seen as the long-term […]

West Atlantic returns second 767

Sweden-based West Atlantic recently returned a 767-200BDSF to its lessor and is considering the addition of slightly younger freighters. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that the 767 (22217, ex-ABX Air) was returned off-lease to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) [FAT 005518]. The aircraft was ferried from Leipzig (LEJ) to Tampa (TPA) via Boston (BOS) at the […]

Pandemic steers Stratos toward A330 conversion

Monaco-based Stratos has become the first known lessor to step into the A330 conversion market, prompted by the pandemic. The company ferried an A330-300 (713, ex-AirAsia X) from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Dresden (DRS) on July 16, ahead of induction for conversion into freighter configuration by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) [FAT 005506]. The aircraft, which is […]

SF opts for younger aircraft as fleet hits 60

SF Airlines, the carrier affiliate of Shenzhen-based SF Express, took redelivery of a 757-200PCF (29943, ex-TUI Airways), growing its fleet to sixty aircraft [FAT 005508]. As the carrier’s fleet grows, it is increasingly opting for younger aircraft. The latest redelivery (29943), was aged just over twenty years old, as was the case with three 757-200PCFs […]

Planes on Pause: COVID forces aircraft into storage

On July 8, a 767-300ER (25583) previously operated by Air Canada Rouge and parked at Kansas City (MCI) touched down at Pinal Airpark (MZJ), followed by two more Air Canada 767-300s in the next two days. All three planes, considered suitable conversion feedstock, have been inducted into storage programs at Ascent Aviations Services, located at […]
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