Kalitta converts freighter into pax configuration for Wuhan evacuation ops

Kalitta Air temporarily installed passenger seats on one of its 747-400Fs in order to evacuate more than 200 Americans from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus. The aircraft (26413, ex-Korean Air) was chartered by the U.S. State Department. At numerous MRO sites around the world, aircraft that previously operated in passenger configuration can […]

737 Combi fleet shrinks for now

Canada-based Avmax took redelivery of a 737-400F (25100, ex-Alaska) following conversion to full-freighter configuration by PEMCO [FAT 005305]. Avmax acquired a total of five 737-400 Ms, or combis, in May 2018 and including 25100, has converted two to full-freighter configuration. While Avmax had been considering full-freighter conversion as an option for the other three combis […]

Turkish Cargo continues to grow fleet

Turkish Cargo took delivery of a production freighter from Boeing on Jan. 23 (64240) [FAT 005297]. Since adding its first 777F in December 2017, the cargo arm of Turkish Airlines has rapidly grown its 777F fleet to seven units. Although both Qatar Airways and FedEx added more 777Fs than Turkish Cargo during the same period […]

Clearing the 737 Max backlog could take three years, Cargo Facts Consulting finds

The delays associated with the 737 Max are expected to affect the narrowbody passenger-to-freighter feedstock situation into 2023, Cargo Facts Consulting (CFC) finds. The current idle 737 Max fleet stands at more than 740 units, including approximately 380 units that had been delivered at the time of grounding in March 2019. Continue reading this article […]

New Sichuan airline seeks CAAC approval for cargo ops

Sichuan Double Dragon Airlines, also known as “Shuanglong” was formally established as a joint venture funded by Zhejiang Changlong Airlines, or Loong Air, and the Sichuan Airport Development Group. Loong Air was launched as CDI Cargo Airlines in 2012 with a focus on narrowbody freighter operations. Since 2013, the airline has gradually shifted its focus […]

Boeing 777X takes first flight into troubled skies for jumbos

Boeing Co.’s newest plane is preparing to spread its gargantuan wings—so long the tips are hinged—and rumble into the skies over the Washington factory complex constructed a half century ago for the original jumbo jet. First flights typically mark a crowning technological achievement for planemakers, capping years of invention and problem-solving. This flight, however, will […]

UPS grows freighter-converted 767-300 fleet

UPS took delivery this week of a 767-300BCF (25136, ex-ANA Cargo) on lease from Cargo Aircraft Management, or CAM, and put it into commercial service with a round-trip flight between the UPS Louisville (SDF) hub and Manchester (MHT) [FAT 005292]. The aircraft was the third of five freighter-converted 767-300Fs that UPS committed to dry-lease from […]

ANA Cargo to suspend own-operated 777F transpacific service

Japan-based ANA Cargo will stop flying its two 777Fs on its only own-operated transpacific route between Tokyo (NRT) and Chicago (ORD) starting March 29, according to the carrier’s newly released 2020 schedule. The timetable shows the only service to be operated by ANA’s 777F aircraft starting March 29 will be between NRT and Shanghai (PVG), a […]
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