Estafeta grows fleet with 737-400F

Mexico-based Estafeta Cargo Aerea will shortly add to its fleet a 737-400SF (28661, ex-Asia Cargo Express), on lease from Vx Capital Partners [FAT 005350-005351]. Estafeta told Cargo Facts it expects to take redelivery of the aircraft in a matter of days. The aircraft, first delivered to Spanish airline Air Europa in 1997, was stored in […]

KAP.KG looks to launch operations with single freighter

Kyrgyzstan-based startup Kyrgyz Airlines Plus (KAP.KG) is aiming to launch freighter operations with an A300B4-200F this spring, according to Russian aviation website ATO.ru. The carrier, established toward the end of 2019, acquired its single, thirty-eight-year-old A300B4-200F (183) from Georgia-based Geo Fly Airways and ferried it to Bishkek (FRU) in November. However, according to ATO.ru, local […]

Lockheed certifies Hercules training center, prepares to deliver first LM-100J

Lockheed Martin opened a new training center at its Marietta, Ga., campus for the Hercules platform. The FAA issued Part 142 and Level-D certification for the facility, which will enable training across both military and commercial variants of Lockheed’s C-130J Hercules. The center opens as Lockheed Martin prepares to deliver the first LM-100J, a commercial […]

Pelita Air Service to operate ATR 72 freighter

Indonesia-based Pelita Air Service will soon add a freighter to its fleet. The carrier is currently converting one of its own ATR 72-500s (746, ex-Veling) to bulk cargo configuration. The conversion is being carried out by Aeroconseil, part of AKKA Technologies, at the Indopelita Aircraft Services facility at Pondok Cabe Air Base (PCB), just outside […]

ANA Cargo hands over third 767-300BCF to CAM

Japan-based ANA Cargo transferred a 767-300BCF (24400) to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), the leasing arm of ATSG. The aircraft was ferried from Tokyo (HND) to Wilmington (ILN) via Anchorage (ANC), arriving March 2 [FAT 005098]. This is the third 767-300BCF ANA Cargo sold to CAM as part of an August 2019 agreement. Following conformity, the aircraft […]

Cargolux celebrates golden anniversary

Luxembourg’s all-cargo carrier Cargolux, turned half a century old today. The airline was founded 50 years ago by Luxembourg national carrier Luxair, Icelandic Airlines, Swedish shipping company Salen and a small group of private investors, with Einar Olafsson as its first employee and CEO. Its sole aircraft, at the start of operations, was a Canadair […]

As fleet surpasses 100, ATSG may slow acquisitions

Air Transport Services Group’s in-service fleet increased by 63% from 60 units to 98, during the three-year period between Dec. 31, 2016, and Dec. 2019. Indefinite growth at this tempo is not, however, guaranteed. During the company’s 4Q19 earnings call, the company's President Rich Corrado told analysts that if the market slows, ATSG could prioritize […]
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