Recent freighter aircraft transactions

The last week has seen several freighter aircraft bought, sold, leased, or transferred; and some future transactions have been announced. LAN Cargo plans to transfer two more 767-300Fs into the fleet of Brazil-based subsidiary carrier ABSA Cargo. The first (32572) is currently in the LAN Cargo fleet, but will be re-registered as PR-ACO. The second […]

Freighter conversion – a story in photos

In September 1999, Japan Transocean Air took delivery of a 737-400, msn 29487. The carrier, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, operated the aircraft from its hub in Naha, Okinawa, until late last year when it was acquired by DHL Express as a candidate for conversion to freighter configuration. DHL was looking to add five 737-400 […]

MD-87 Fire Tanker conversion certified

US-based Erickson Aero Tanker received Supplemental Type Certification  (STC) for its MD-87 passenger-to-firefighting tanker program. Erickson has so far converted three MD-87s for sister company Aero Air, which acquired seven of the type in late 2012. Following the award of the STC, Aero Air put two of them into service this month with the US […]

DHL ramps up 737  operations in the Americas

US-based Southern Air took redelivery of the second of five 737-400Fs (27674, ex-Malaysia Airlines) it will operate for DHL Express on a CMI basis in the Americas. Conversion of the aircraft to freighter configuration was done by  Aeronautical Engineers Inc at Commercial Jet’s Dothan facility. This is part of a multi-year agreement between DHL and […]

Retirement of 747-400 & MD-11 Freighters accelerates

For much of the last year, the topic dominating most conversations about the air freight industry is whether the rapid expansion of usable – and marginally costed – belly capacity will end civilization as we know it. An exaggeration, of course, but the swing in opinion from “the main deck/belly split is going to stay […]

The changing freighter fleet

It’s been a busy month for freighter aircraft transactions. Regular visitors to this site will have seen a steady stream of reports chronicling the resurgence in demand for medium widebody freighters. Amerijet International, Cargojet, Star Air, and Uzbekistan Airways have all ordered or acquired freighter-converted 767-300s. And while there have been no recent orders for […]

More 767 freighter conversions

Uzbekistan Airways looks set to have two 767-300ERs converted to freighter configuration. According to a report in Air Transport World, Tashkent-based Uzbekistan Airways is already in the process of converting two of its nine 767-300ER aircraft to freighter configuration. ATW quotes the carrier’s European Regional Manager Timur Kerimov as saying that the first of the two […]

ATSG sees increasing demand for medium widebodies.

ATSG reported a moderately good first quarter, but the big news was two new leasing contracts. US-based Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) reported first-quarter net income down 20.8% y-o-y to $7 million. The decline came despite a slight (0.2%) increase in net revenue from customers to $144 million, but ATSG nonetheless maintained a reasonably healthy […]
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