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 all the way into 2023, Cargo Facts Consulting (CFC) finds. The current idle 737 Max fleet stands at over 740 units, which includes around 380 units that had been delivered at the time of grounding in March 2019. Continue […]

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 […]

Airbus’ first BelugaXL enters service

Airbus’ first BelugaXL freighter (1853) entered service on Jan.9, as expected, two months after receiving European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Type Certification.   The OEM stated that another five will be operational by 2023 to replace the fleet of its predecessor, the BelugaST. Airbus’ second BelugaXL (1824) has already been assembled, while the third unit (1930) is currently in production. The entire Beluga fleet is operated by Airbus […]

Flexport’s own-controlled 747F service ends

Flexport will be terminating its own-controlled 747-400F operation on Jan. 25. From that day onward, the forwarder will instead be moving to an asset-light model, having entered into a series of block space agreement with Plus Logistics, wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA). Flexport told Cargo Facts that, while the move was part of […]

Sun Country Air to operate ten 737-800BCFs for Amazon

Minneapolis-based low-cost carrier Sun Country Air has agreed to operate ten 737-800BCFs on a CMI-basis for Amazon for a period of six years. The carrier will become Amazon’s third ACMI operator in the United States after Air Transport Services Group and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. Amazon will lease all ten 737-800BCFs from GECAS, and transfer […]

Despite forecasted growth, air cargo traffic in 2020 should remain lackluster, Cargo Facts Consulting determines

This was not a good year for air cargo. Globally, 2019 air cargo traffic has fallen, with IATA expecting full year air cargo traffic to decline by about 3.3%. But while IATA is forecasting growth of 2% in 2020, Cargo Facts Consulting’s expectations are more pessimistic, although there is upside for companies operating in the […]
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