ACG 747-400Fs remain in limbo

The airfreight market continues to suffer from a shortage of capacity as passenger flight cancellations are extended and aircraft parked due to the COVID-19 crisis, with stored freighters being brought back online. But the fate of three 747-400BDSFs previously operated by Slovakia-based Air Cargo Global (ACG) appears far from certain. Two of those, units 24998 […]

FedEx reactivates first parked jet this year

While hundreds of passenger aircraft have been heading to Victorville (VCV) for short-term storage during the COVID-19 crisis, FedEx Express has brought an A300-600F (789) out of VCV, ferrying it to Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) on April 14. Unit 789, which was sent from Memphis (MEM) to VCV to be parked March 13, is […]

The first A350 freighters?

Finnair is modifying two passenger A350-900s to increase the aircraft’s ability to exclusively carry cargo during the COVID-19 crisis. Still a far cry from a yet-to-be-launched factory-built A350F in terms of operational characteristics, the reconfigured aircraft will soon carry cargo on the main deck. The airline confirmed to Cargo Facts that, while it is considering […]

Air Canada converts aircraft to address COVID-19 crisis

(Note: This story first appeared on our sister site, www.aircargoworld.com, earlier this week.) Air Canada is expanding its cargo capacity during the COVID-19 crisis by removing seats from the passenger cabins of three 777-300ERs. Two aircraft have already begun flying in this freighter configuration and the third will be completed soon. “Bringing critical medical and […]

‘COVID-19 freighter fleet’ tops 350

The number of aircraft that carriers have operated for the sole purpose of transporting cargo during the COVID-19 crisis has more than doubled in the past two weeks to more than 350, based on analysis by Cargo Facts. See also: 130+ passenger aircraft added to ‘COVID-19 freighter fleet’ The nature of these makeshift freighter operations […]

LGG creates pop-up handling facility at AirBridgeCargo site

On April 11, a temporary cargo handling facility commenced operations at Liege Airport (LGG) to connect ground handler WFS with an unoccupied building being prepared to house AirBridgeCargo’s new European hub. This “pop-up” will operate until May 31. When AirBridgeCargo and parent Volga-Dnepr Group signed a ten-year lease for warehouse and office space in October […]

Loss of belly capacity hobbles USPS

Large-scale domestic and international passenger flight reductions resulting from the COVID-19 crisis have created capacity problems for postal providers. With mail accounting for approximately 3% of international freight traffic, the post’s loss might mean new business opportunities for all-cargo and express companies. Due to airline travel restrictions and cancellations, the United States Postal Service is […]
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