Air Canada converts aircraft to address COVID-19 crisis

(Note: This story first appeared on our sister site, www.aircargoworld.com, earlier this week.) Air Canada is expanding its cargo capacity during the COVID-19 crisis by removing seats from the passenger cabins of three 777-300ERs. Two aircraft have already begun flying in this freighter configuration and the third will be completed soon. “Bringing critical medical and […]

Narrowbody fleet shaped by feedstock and FAA constraints

The year since we last tallied the narrowbody fleet has been full of unexpected twists and turns that have affected both certification timelines for new programs and feedstock availability. A U.S. government shutdown that began Dec. 22, 2018 and spanned thirty-five days left the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) without the resources to expeditiously certify new […]

Central Airlines receives first 737-300F

China’s newest cargo carrier, Central Airlines, has received its first fully painted aircraft. The 737-300F (25998, ex-Suparna Airlines), acquired by the company last year, was painted at the STAECO (Rizhao) Aircraft Engineering Co facility in Rizhao (RIZ) in Shandong province, and arrived back in Zhengzhou (CGO) on April 11. In December 2019, the Civil Aviation Administration of […]

‘COVID-19 freighter fleet’ tops 350

The number of aircraft that carriers have operated for the sole purpose of transporting cargo during the COVID-19 crisis has more than doubled in the past two weeks to more than 350, based on analysis by Cargo Facts. See also: 130+ passenger aircraft added to ‘COVID-19 freighter fleet’ The nature of these makeshift freighter operations […]

LGG creates pop-up handling facility at AirBridgeCargo site

On April 11, a temporary cargo handling facility commenced operations at Liege Airport (LGG) to connect ground handler WFS with an unoccupied building being prepared to house AirBridgeCargo’s new European hub. This “pop-up” will operate until May 31. When AirBridgeCargo and parent Volga-Dnepr Group signed a ten-year lease for warehouse and office space in October […]

Boeing deliveries continue despite shutdown

Boeing began a fourteen-day suspension of production in the Puget Sound region March 25, and extended the suspension April 5 until further notice, but that did not stop the manufacturer from delivering at least four completed aircraft to customers from its facility in Everett (PAE). A 767-300F (63115) was delivered to FedEx and flew to Indianapolis (IND) […]

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 […]

Amazon Air preparing to expand EU operations

Amazon Air has posted a number of job openings for European aviation professionals and plans to launch gateway operations at Leipzig Airport (LEJ). The establishment of an Amazon Air gateway at LEJ marks the operation’s first expansion outside of the United States. Aircraft emblazoned in Amazon Air livery could soon follow as many industry analysts […]
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