DHL hands over third converted 767-300F to Kalitta

DHL Express has taken redelivery of a 767-300BDSF (27686, ex-Royal Air Maroc) and subsequently handed it over to U.S.-based Kalitta Air to be operated on a CMI basis [FATs 005264-005265]. The 767 was ferried to Mexico City (MEX) in March 2019 to be inducted for conversion into freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) at the Mexicana MRO Services facility. […]

IAI looks to add European conversion site

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is exploring the possibility of adding conversion lines at the Aviatic MRO facility at Siauliai International Airport (SQQ) in Lithuania. The Aviatic MRO facility occupies an area of 471 hectares at SQQ, which is located in northern Lithuania. The facility is operational 24/7, has no noise restrictions, and is capable of […]

New Vietnamese decree renders conversions unlikely

When a new Vietnamese law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, the country’s carriers will find it much harder to dry-lease and operate their own freighter-converted aircraft. Decree No. 89/2019/ND-CP adds a new article governing the age of used aircraft imported into Vietnam. While passenger aircraft cannot be older than 10 if they are […]

17 Asia-Pacific fleet additions in 2019

Earlier this week, we looked at how the freighter fleet in mainland China has grown in 2019. As the year draws to a close, here’s an overview of the seventeen freighter aircraft that were added to carriers based elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region over the course of the year. [Note: for the purposes of this […]

SF Airlines takes eighth freighter in 2019

SF Airlines has taken redelivery of a 757-200PCF (29944, ex-TUI Airways) from Precision Aircraft Solutions [FAT 005255]. The Shenzhen (SZX)-based carrier has now added eight freighters to its fleet this year, far surpassing any other Chinese airline. Unit 29944 began its life in 1999, flying in passenger configuration until 2019. It was then inducted for […]

New conversion programs to shake up market for cargo loading systems?

With A320-family and 777 passenger-to-freighter conversion programs being developed by a number of different STC holders, the market for cargo loading systems (CLS) could see somewhat of a shakeup. At present, just a handful of companies manufacture maindeck CLS for freighter conversion – a situation that is not expected to change. New conversion programs, however, offer a chance of market share redistribution for the […]

Increased 767 production rate boosts Dreamlifter utilization

Spirit AeroSystems delivered the first integrated forward fuselage for the 767 program to Boeing last week. The piece was delivered to Boeing’s Everett factory (PAE) from Spirit’s Wichita facility (IAB) by an Atlas Air-operated 747-400LCF, also known as a “Dreamlifter.” Spirit’s integrated section is a composite of four smaller components the company used to ship […]

Amazon reassigns second 767F to ATSG

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) affiliate carrier Air Transport International (ATI) has begun operating for Amazon another 767-300BDSF (28495, ex-S7 Airlines) that was previously flown for the e-tailer by Atlas Air [FATs 005250-005251]. This is the second aircraft that Amazon has transferred from Atlas to ATSG. On Sept. 25, unit 28495 flew from Jacksonville (VQQ) to […]
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