Fleeting solutions: Passenger freighters lack longevity

[Note: All figures and information in this feature were correct as of May 30.] Just outside East Africa’s bustling Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines has been toiling endlessly to modify a significant proportion of its passenger fleet to carry additional cargo. Some twenty-two reconfigured aircraft, a wide mix of fleet types ranging in size from the […]

Absent the bellyhold, freighter fleet can’t handle cargo demand

The International Air Transport Association released its airfreight market analysis for April 2020, showing a 27.7% year-over-year drop in worldwide cargo traffic, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (CTKs), the steepest decline ever to be recorded by IATA. Traffic was lower not only as a result of weakening underlying demand from industrial sectors, but in response […]

Avianor and AKKA partner on passenger-freighter conversions

Montreal-based Avianor has partnered with Brussels-headquartered AKKA Technologies to have its passenger-freighter reconfiguration package approved and certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). AKKA has also been granted rights to use the solution. Matthieu Duhaime, president and COO of Avianor, told Cargo Facts EASA approval is expected in six to eight weeks. While […]

Ethiopian grows reconfigured pax-freighter fleet to 20+

Ethiopian Airlines now has the largest fleet of reconfigured passenger-freighters by far, having modified twenty-two of its passenger aircraft by removing some or most of the seats from their cabins. The airline told Cargo Facts the twenty-two aircraft consist of four A350-900s, five Dash 8-Q400s, five 737-800s, two 767-300ERs, four 777-300ERs and two 787-9s. Together […]

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 […]

777-300ER dominates passenger-freighter fleet

The number of passenger aircraft that have been used as freighters on cargo-only flights and recorded by Cargo Facts in our recently launched passenger-freighter database has now surpassed 1,000. While the type of operation varies widely, from one-off charters to regularly scheduled networks, the sheer scale of the utilization is unprecedented, much like the impact […]
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