Sky Gates plans fleet expansion

Russia-based Sky Gates Airlines will soon expand its freighter fleet with at least one more 747-400F. The carrier told Cargo Facts it expects to add the aircraft in 2021, and is currently in discussions to finalize the deal. Sky Gates currently operates two, twenty-year-old 747-400Fs (32571, ex-Cathay Pacific, and 30804, ex-Silk Way West), that were […]

E-commerce growth pushes Russia’s S7 to freighters

Russia-based S7 Airlines will become a freighter operator when it takes delivery of the first of two 737-800BCFs in November, in part to accommodate the region’s burgeoning e-commerce market. The carrier expects the second aircraft to arrive in January 2021. Both are being leased from GECAS [FATs 005562-005563]. S7 told Cargo Facts it had made […]

737-800 conversion market diversification accelerates in 2020

In a year that has seen rising interest in 737NG conversions, at least four companies new to the model have placed orders for up to eleven 737-800Fs so far in 2020, with more yet to be disclosed or announced. The following chart shows orders for 737 family and A321 conversions since January 2019.   Many 2020 […]

Top 25 carrier rankings scrambled by fleet changes

While the mix of carriers in the top-five bracket remained the same in 2019, the order in which they are ranked looks very different compared to a year ago, thanks to changes to their freighter fleets.  In our list of Top 25 Carriers by total FTKs, the top five leaders collectively added a net of twenty-three freighters in 2019. The […]

Cargojet to end 2020 with 25 freighters

Canada-based Cargojet Airways will add another 767-300F and expects to have twenty-five freighters in service by the end of 2020. The fleet will consist of nine leased 767-300Fs, five owned 767-300Fs, one leased 767-200F, two owned 767-200Fs, and eight owned 757-200Fs. According to Cargojet’s second-quarter results, released Aug. 6, the carrier executed a letter of intent […]

ATSG’s 767F commitment boosts Q2 earnings

Air Transport Services Group’s (ATSG) commitment to and investment in 767 freighters saw the company’s operating income jump by 74% year on year to $32.5 million on an adjusted basis for the second quarter. Total revenue at ATSG’s dry-leasing division, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), for the quarter was 8% higher than a year ago, attributed […]

Atlas Air flies high on charters

On the back of what President and CEO John Dietrich called “an exceptional quarter,” Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reported an adjusted net income of $123.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, compared to $4.5 million for the same period in 2019. The charter segment was a significant contributor to the second-quarter performance. […]

Does e-commerce fleet expansion signal the untapped potential of Russian market?

Alibaba’s e-commerce affiliate Cainiao has committed to prying open more airfreight links between its home market, China, and Russia, and will soon begin services with a newly delivered 757-200PCF (27051, ex-American Airlines) it is chartering from Aviastar-TU.  According to Cainiao, the recently placed 757-200PCF will start flying e-commerce shipments from China to Russia in August, adding to an already […]
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