17 Asia-Pacific fleet additions in 2019

Earlier this week, we looked at how the freighter fleet in mainland China has grown in 2019. As the year draws to a close, here’s an overview of the seventeen freighter aircraft that were added to carriers based elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region over the course of the year. Airwork September: 737-300F (25264, ex-Bluebird Nordic) […]

Grounding of IAI-converted 737s extends to 737-700s

The rigid barrier irregularity discovered by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which led to Australian carrier Qantas grounding its four converted 737-300 freighters, affects more than just -300BDSFs. Alaska Airlines has also grounded its fleet of three 737-700BDSFs, which it received in 2017 and 2018. IAI told Cargo Facts that approximately 40 aircraft in total are […]

Winners and losers in e-commerce logistics as Amazon moves 1 billion lbs by air

Amazon’s own-controlled air operation in the United States is currently about 20% the size of FedEx, and 15% the size of UPS, measured in tonnage carried. In the eight months ended August 2019, Cargo Facts Consulting estimates that Amazon moved over 1 billion pounds (more than 453,000 tonnes) on dedicated Atlas and ATSG flights, an […]

Qantas grounds 737-300F fleet, manages to secure lost capacity in midst of peak

Qantas Airways grounded four 737-300BDSFs (23478, 23486, 23488 and 23490) today after Israel Aerospace Industries informed operators of an ‘apparent irregularity’ with the rigid barrier systems installed on some of its 737 Classic conversion aircraft. Although details regarding the issue are slim, IAI promised a quick fix. The company is currently working with the Civil […]

SF Airlines takes eighth freighter in 2019

SF Airlines has taken redelivery of a 757-200PCF (29944, ex-TUI Airways) from Precision Aircraft Solutions [FAT 005255]. The Shenzhen (SZX)-based carrier has now added eight freighters to its fleet this year, far surpassing any other Chinese airline. Unit 29944 began its life in 1999, flying in passenger configuration until 2019. It was then inducted for […]

HNA’s SR Technics Sale Draws Airbus, Hainan Province

HNA Group Co.’s sale of its majority stake in Swiss aircraft-maintenance firm SR Technics has attracted interest from companies including Airbus SE as well as the government of China’s Hainan province, according to people familiar with the matter. Other aircraft maintenance and repair organizations, known as MROs, have also expressed interest in acquiring SR Technics, […]

Increased 767 production rate boosts Dreamlifter utilization

Spirit AeroSystems delivered the first integrated forward fuselage for the 767 program to Boeing last week. The piece was delivered to Boeing’s Everett factory (PAE) from Spirit’s Wichita facility (IAB) by an Atlas Air-operated 747-400LCF, also known as a “Dreamlifter.” Spirit’s integrated section is a composite of four smaller components the company used to ship […]
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