Sine Draco selects MRO for A321-200 conversion

Sine Draco Aviation Development has selected Ascent Aviation Services’ Tucson (TUS) MRO facility to perform touch labor for its in-development A321-200SDF passenger-to-freighter conversion program.  Ascent Aviation plans to induct the first aircraft (963, ex-AtlasGlobal) early next year, Sine Draco told Cargo Facts.       Accounting for touch labor, engineering and flight tests, Sine Draco is targeting a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA in late 2021 or early 2022.   Sine […]

ASL prepares for Amazon 737 operations

ASL Airlines will soon begin flying 737-800BCFs on behalf of Amazon, becoming the newest carrier to operate aircraft painted in the e-commerce giant’s livery and the first in Europe. The first 737-800BCF in Amazon colors that was delisted from the U.S. register and delivered to Shannon (SNN) in late September (33544, ex-Ryanair) has now been […]

Weekly Wrap: Here come the A321 freighters

The A321F has very much been the star of the past week, with the first aircraft converted to freighter configuration by 321 Precision Conversions taking flight, the first EFW frame leaving Singapore on delivery, and a new operator committing to the platform.   In this Cargo Facts Connect episode, Senior Editor Charles Kauffman and Associate Editor Jeff Lee discuss these developments and look ahead to […]

Lufthansa Cargo’s von Boxberg joins Cargo Facts Symposium panel

Cargo Facts is pleased to announce that Dorothea von Boxberg, chief commercial officer and executive board member for product and sales at Lufthansa Cargo, will join Cargo Facts Symposium 2020, a virtual event on Oct. 27-28, to speak in a session titled “Refiling air cargo’s flight plan: Growth opportunities and obstacles in global airfreight.” This […]

SmartLynx leaps into freighters with A321PCF and A321P2F

SmartLynx Malta will become the latest combination carrier when it enters the freighter market as the launch operator of 321 Precision Conversions’ A321PCF program. SmartLynx will also be the first operator to have A321-200Fs converted by both 321 Precision Conversions and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW). The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that, in addition to unit […]

ATSG signs three more 767F leases, bests yearly delivery record

Air Transport Services Group’s (ATSG) dry-leasing arm, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), has signed three more deals to lease converted 767 freighters and is on course to deliver a record number of aircraft in a single year. The new agreements involve one 767-300BDSF for Alaska-based Northern Air Cargo [FAT 005666] and two 767-200BDSFs — one each […]

Delta accelerates 767-300 retirements

Delta Air Lines, the largest operator of 767-300ERs in passenger configuration prior to the onset of the pandemic, will retire the remaining forty-nine 767-300ERs in its fleet by December 2025. With the market heating up for 767 conversions, this large pool of airframes will be evaluated for its suitability as conversion candidates. Airframe pricing, cycles […]

Hawaiian to temporarily park freighters due to ‘Ohana suspension

Hawaiian Airlines will have to park its three active freighters when regional subsidiary ‘Ohana is suspended from Nov. 1. The suspension is triggered by a scope clause restricting the amount of flying the airline can contract out to Idaho-based Empire Airlines, which operates ‘Ohana’s cargo and passenger services, when flying by its own 717 and […]
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