Cargo Facts Connect: Carriers add capacity with passenger-freighter reconfigurations

At least twenty-two carriers have reconfigured close to seventy passenger aircraft, and Cargo Facts this week released an update to its new Passenger-Freighter Database that illustrates the degree to which passenger aircraft have been modified to boost capacity to carry cargo . In the video below, Cargo Facts editors Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee discuss […]

Boeing delivers first freighter since production restart

Boeing has delivered its first production freighter aircraft since it resumed production of all its commercial airplanes April 20. The aircraft, a 767-300F (65791) for UPS, was ferried from Everett (PAE) to San Antonio (SAT) on May 12 [FAT 005410]. The COVID-19 pandemic led Boeing to a fourteen-day suspension of production in the Puget Sound […]

BlackRock fund hedges aviation bet with freighters

Aviation Holdings III, a pooled private equity fund from BlackRock, is diversifying its portfolio with an order for three 737-800SF freighter conversions from Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) and the acquisition of three 747-400Fs [FATs 005405-5409]. Although BlackRock’s previous aviation funds have held freighters, the current weakness of the passenger market brought about by the COVID-19 […]

THG Air — U.K.’s newest cargo airline?

British online retailer The Hut Group (THG) has launched THG Air with plans to add two A330 freighters. The aircraft, to be painted in THG colors, will be based at Manchester Airport (MAN), where the group’s headquarters are located. THG told Cargo Facts the aircraft are likely to be A330-200Fs, which are in the final […]

Atlas Air bounces back in first quarter as 747 demand surges

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., the world’s largest operator of 747 freighters, reported a net profit of $23.4 million in the first quarter of 2020 as charter demand surged. Demand for the 747 platform, which was sluggish toward the end of 2019, took a 180-degree turn in 1Q20 as a result of COVID-19 disruptions that […]

MASkargo resumes freighter ops in Europe

Malaysia Airlines’ airfreight arm, MASkargo, has flown a freighter to Europe for the first time in more than four years. The eight-year-old A330-200F (1136) arrived in Amsterdam (AMS) on May 4, from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) via Dubai (DWC). The first flight transported more than 50 tonnes of general cargo and medical equipment. According to the […]

Western Global adds third 747-400F, reactivates MD-11F

Western Global Airlines added to its fleet a third 747-400F and started the process of reactivating one of several stored MD-11Fs. Amid the global airfreight capacity crunch, the carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that it took ownership of unit 29258 (ex-Atlas Air) on April 22 and will soon place it into service [FAT 005395]. The […]
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