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 […]

GTA Air Cargo enters pax freighter ACMI deal with Air Transat

Canada-based GTA dnata, the joint venture between GTA Aviation and U.A.E.-based dnata, has set up a division called “GTA Air Cargo” and entered into an ACMI agreement with Canadian leisure carrier Air Transat for two reconfigured passenger freighters. According to a social media post by Mario D’Urso, chairman of GTA dnata, the deal involves two […]

Longtail Aviation enters freighter market with 747-400F

Bermuda-based Longtail Aviation, the territory’s sole holder of an air operator’s certificate, has become the latest 747-operator with the addition of its first freighter, a -400F (27503) previously in service with Cargolux. The aircraft is being leased from U.A.E.-based Aquiline International [FAT 005463-005464]. For Longtail, which had been offering VIP charter services for around seventeen […]

Colibri Aero and J&C Aero launch cabin cargo containers

Aircraft component provider Colibri Aero and cabin modification specialist J&C Aero have developed the first permanent cargo containers for the passenger cabins of widebody aircraft. Unlike other temporary cabin reconfigurations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the containers are intended to remain installed on passenger aircraft. According to the two companies, the containers can be used on […]

Idled Dash 8 fleet crowds conversion market

With passenger services to remote locations cut off or dramatically reduced as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, proposals to utilize turboprop aircraft for cargo-only missions have surged.   In response to operator requests for temporary cargo reconfigurations, aircraft converters — and OEMs in particular — have turned to the Dash 8 platform. These temporary solutions now complement a sizable […]
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