Egyptair Cargo plans narrowbody freighter expansion

EgyptAir Cargo is looking to enter the narrowbody space with the addition of two 737-800BCFs. The carrier currently has three freighter-converted A330-200Fs. EgyptAir Cargo told Cargo Facts it is in the process of completing the required studies and securing the conversion slots. It plans to add the two aircraft in 2021, allowing it to extend […]

DHL adds Kalitta Charters II as CMI provider

DHL Express has designated Kalitta Charters II as a CMI service provider, placing a 737-400F (26316) with the Ypsilanti-based airline [FAT 005482]. Kalitta Charters II told Cargo Facts it expects to have unit 26316 in service in the next few weeks. The aircraft was previously operated by Southern Air and was ferried from Cincinnati (CVG) […]

Emirates to operate 10 reconfigured 777-300ERs

Emirates has begun operating reconfigured 777-300ERs with seats removed to create additional cargo capacity. The airline has already modified seven aircraft, with three more to follow by mid-July. These reconfigured 777s, called “mini freighters” by Emirates SkyCargo, add to the carrier’s substantial fleet of passenger freighters — 777-300ERs that have their passenger cabins intact — […]

Cainiao to quadruple charter flights

Alibaba’s logistics affiliate Cainiao plans to quadruple international charter flight bookings to an estimated 1,260 flights over the next nine months as part of a series of investments totaling $140 million (RMB 1 billion) aimed at reducing average delivery times for its cross-border shipments. Cainiao expects the increased reliance on own-controlled charter flights to shorten […]

Cargo delivers lifeline to Taiwanese cargo operators in 2020

Taiwan-based combination carrier China Airlines made an incredible pivot to cargo for the month of May 2020, reporting cargo revenue for the month up by 152.8% year-over-year. Despite reporting May passenger revenue down 96.3% year-over-year on passenger volumes that had dropped to just 9,121 from 1.3 million a year earlier, China Airlines acted more like […]

Return to the skies of passengers doesn’t spell the end of passenger freighters

Even as passengers return to the skies, passenger freighters aren’t immediately headed for their demise. The uptick in passenger flights recorded from mid-June onward has not led to an immediate end to the use of passenger aircraft for cargo-only service. Although some aircraft have traded out cargo for passengers — or at least a mix […]

EASA rules out temp combis, but there might be a middle ground

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is ruling out the reconfiguration of passenger aircraft into makeshift combis that have separate maindeck sections dedicated to passenger and cargo transport. “Temporary combis” are not not going to fly — at least not in EASA-regulated regions, but that doesn’t quite make it impossible to carry both cargo […]

10 carriers where cargo contributes the most

Between 2018 and 2019, the contribution of cargo to a combination carrier’s top line decreased almost unanimously as the airfreight market entered cool-down mode after a multi-year growth streak. With the exception of Qatar Airways, all of the top-ten carriers by cargo revenue contribution saw cargo play a reduced or unchanged role in 2019. With […]
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