Boeing 2020 CMO: Freighters resilient but not immune to COVID challenges

The global freighter fleet is expected to grow to 3,260 freighters over the next two decades, representing an increase of 63% from the current fleet of 2,010 freighters, according to an update to Boeing’s Commercial Market Outlook (CMO). Compared to passenger aircraft, the dislocation from the COVID-19 crisis to freighter demand is expected to be […]

AerCaribe grows with fourth 737-400F

Colombia-based AerCaribe has taken redelivery of its fourth 737-400F [FAT 005653]. The aircraft (24130, ex-AlbaStar) was acquired by AerCaribe and inducted for conversion in May with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) at the Commercial Jet facility in Dothan (DHN). The carrier could not provide an exact date for the entry into service of the new addition, […]

Asia Pacific expands with production 757F

Guam-headquartered Asia Pacific Airlines has added a fourth 757-200F to its fleet [FAT 005652]. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts it had purchased the aircraft (24845, ex-Ethiopian Airlines) at the end of September and expects to have it ready for service by late November. Unlike the three 757-200PCFs Asia Pacific currently operates, converted from passenger configuration […]

ASL’s Andrew joins panel at Cargo Facts Symposium

Cargo Facts is pleased to announce that Dave Andrew, group chief executive of Ireland-based ASL Aviation Holdings, will join Cargo Facts Symposium 2020, a virtual event on Oct. 27-28, to speak in a session titled “Narrowbody freighters: Prospects for conversion and fleet expansion.” This virtual panel will take place from 11-11:45 a.m. EST on Wednesday, […]

West Atlantic shuffles fleet ahead of Brexit

Without a clear vision for what the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit aviation relationship with the European Union will look like, carriers with multiple AOCs scattered across the region are preemptively moving aircraft to avoid possible disruptions. Sweden-headquartered West Atlantic has begun moving aircraft from its U.K.-based carrier, West Atlantic UK, to other affiliate airlines based in […]

Parked 747 fleet wanes as National brings three out of storage

Florida-headquartered National Airlines will grow its in-service 747 freighter fleet to five aircraft by the end of November with the reactivation of three -400BCFs. The three ex-Cathay Pacific aircraft, parked in Marana (MZJ) since 2013 and acquired by National in May 2019, were brought out of long-term storage in quick succession and taken to the VT […]

767 conversion demand prompts output increases by IAI and Boeing

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has established a second 767 conversion line at the Mexicana MRO Services facility in Mexico City (MEX) Mexicana MRO Services told Cargo Facts it expects to kick off the increased production with the induction of unit 25363 (ex-WestJet) in November or December. The company said it had begun discussions with IAI toward […]
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