Voyageur spins out regional aircraft leasing division

Canada-based Voyageur Aviation has established Voyageur Leasing, a new division dedicated to mid-life and older regional aircraft. The new division seeks to grow the leased portfolio of out-of-production regional freighters, which is currently modest in size.  While parent Chorus Aviation already has a leasing division called Chorus Aviation Capital that has Dash 8s, ATRs, CRJs, […]

Pandemic steers Stratos toward A330 conversion

Monaco-based Stratos has become the first known lessor to step into the A330 conversion market, prompted by the pandemic. The company ferried an A330-300 (713, ex-AirAsia X) from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Dresden (DRS) on July 16, ahead of induction for conversion into freighter configuration by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) [FAT 005506]. The aircraft, which is […]

SF opts for younger aircraft as fleet hits 60

SF Airlines, the carrier affiliate of Shenzhen-based SF Express, took redelivery of a 757-200PCF (29943, ex-TUI Airways), growing its fleet to sixty aircraft [FAT 005508]. As the carrier’s fleet grows, it is increasingly opting for younger aircraft. The latest redelivery (29943), was aged just over twenty years old, as was the case with three 757-200PCFs […]

AEI commences 737-800 conversions in China

Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) has begun converting 737-800s at the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company (STAECO) facility in Jinan (TNA). The first aircraft (29916, ex-AnadoluJet) was ferried by BlackRock from Shannon (SNN) to TNA July 9 to be inducted for conversion [FAT 005504]. In May, when the agreement between BlackRock and AEI for up to […]

CFC: Intra-European express poised for growth in 2020

Following year-over-year growth of 6% in 2019, intra-European freighter flights are again poised for growth in 2020, according to analysis from Cargo Facts Consulting. However, growth in aircraft movements and shipment volumes have not led to higher tonnage, an indication that densities are decreasing as business to consumer traffic increases its share. Continue reading this […]

Global air passenger slump to last until 2023, Moody’s says

Global airline passenger demand won’t recover to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels until the end of 2023, and only then if effective vaccines and medicines are available, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The recovery for airlines and airports will be largely aligned, followed by aircraft lessors as carriers return fleets to service, Moody’s analysts including Jonathan Root […]

Planes on Pause: COVID forces aircraft into storage

On July 8, a 767-300ER (25583) previously operated by Air Canada Rouge and parked at Kansas City (MCI) touched down at Pinal Airpark (MZJ), followed by two more Air Canada 767-300s in the next two days. All three planes, considered suitable conversion feedstock, have been inducted into storage programs at Ascent Aviations Services, located at […]

PEMCO expands 737NG conversion options with -700 STC

Competition intensifies in the 737NG conversion market, as a fourth company is cleared to convert aircraft of this type.   On July 10, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued PEMCO a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its multi-configuration 737-700 FlexCombi. PEMCO is now working with the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency for certification in China and Europe.  The […]
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