Spring peak arrives early for China’s freighter operators

Freighter utilization rates by China’s “Big Three” combination carriers surged 83% month-to-month for the week of March 5-11, to nearly 3,000 flight hours, according to flight-tracking data analyzed by Cargo Facts. Compared to the same weeklong period in January, freighter flight hours were up 16%. Despite a precipitous drop in freighter hours flown between January […]

Attending our conferences with flexibility and care

At Royal Media, Cargo Facts‘s publisher, we take great pride in the value of our exceptional industry conferences and the effort we put into their production. We rightly view our more than a dozen annual conferences as crucial opportunities for business development in our industries. Equally, we are greatly focused on the health, safety and […]

Boeing to renew medium and large widebody freighter offerings

At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's annual Aviation Summit last week in Washington, D.C., Boeing Commercial CEO Stan Deal said the company plans to update product offerings in both the medium and large-widebody freighter segments. While decisions regarding models and platforms are still being finalized, Deal confirmed that product renewal continues for freighters in the […]

AirBridgeCargo seeks to cull 747F fleet

Russia-based AirBridgeCargo (ABC) is in negotiations with lessors to terminate agreements on up to five 747 freighters. The carrier said it entered into discussions with its leasing partners late last year as air cargo demand slumped. In the fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak that has forced ABC to cancel flights, those talks have intensified in […]

EFW to begin A321 conversions at Guangzhou site

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between Airbus and ST Engineering Aerospace, will start converting A321-200s into freighter configuration at a second site in Guangzhou later this year, in addition to the ST Engineering facility in Singapore (XSP). Luxembourg-based Vallair told Cargo Facts that its next three A321s to be converted by EFW will likely all be converted at […]

Cathay operates passenger aircraft as freighters to replace lost bellyhold capacity

In recent weeks, Cathay Pacific and regional subsidiary Cathay Dragon have made significant reductions to their respective intra-Asia passenger flight schedules, leading to a precipitous drop in bellyhold capacity. Air cargo demand remains robust to the extent that Cathay has begun to repurpose some of its many idled aircraft by flying them as freighters. Cathay […]
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