Canadian carriers plan merger

Two Canadian carriers, both with significant cargo operations, are in merger negotiations. First Air and Canadian North both specialize in serving the remote northern part of the country, and both have main-deck freight operations. The merger, assuming the two companies agree to go ahead with it, would be subject to review by Canadian regulatory authorities, […]

Air France-KLM considers ending freighter operations

Air France-KLM is reported to be considering exiting the main-deck freight business. The Bloomberg news service quoted “two people familiar with the carrier’s plans” as saying Air France-KLM is about to undertake a review of its money-losing cargo business, with ending freighter operation one of the options. After seeing losses steadily mount in its cargo […]

What next for Global Supply Systems?

UK-based Global Supply Systems (GSS), in which Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is a 49% stakeholder,  was formed in 2002 in order that British Airways World Cargo could continue to ACMI lease freighters from Atlas, while staying compliant with UK law. GSS dry-leased three 747-400Fs from Atlas, and operated them on an ACMI basis for BA […]

End of the line for World Airways

US-based carrier World Airways operated its last flight on 27 March. The carrier, which was in its 65th year, operated both passenger and freighter aircraft. Although it had conducted both ACMI and commercial charter operations, it main business was flying on behalf of the US Military. With the US winding down its military involvement in […]

Musical chairs for all-cargo execs

When Robert van de Weg and Peter van de Pas resigned from their senior positions at Cargolux over disagreement with the Board’s decision to sell a 35% stake in the carrier to China-based HNCA, the air freight world was immediately awash in speculation about their respective futures. These were two of the most knowledgeable and […]

Farnair takes 45% stake in Thailand’s K-Mile Air

Switzerland-based Farnair acquired the 45% stake in Thailandbased K-Mile Air formerly held by Malaysia’s Transmile Group. As part of the agreement, Farnair will place a 737-400F (28492, recently redelivered to Farnair by Aeronautical Engineers Inc) with K-Mile, replacing the carrier’s single 727-200F (22080),which it recently parked. Farnair has long been a turboprop freighter operator, but last year ordered four 737-400 passengerto-freighter […]

Cargo leads AA integration

LOS ANGELES — American Airlines has designated its cargo unit to lead its brand and operational integration with US Airways. “We expect to be on a single air waybill well before the FAA approves our Single Operating Certificate,” said Robert D. Isom Jr., COO of American Airlines, at the IATA World Cargo Symposium this week. […]

DHL & Southern Air enter 737 freighter agreement

US-based Southern Air will soon take redelivery of the first of five freighter-converted 737-400Fs which it will operate on a CMI basis for DHL Express. The passenger-to-freighter conversions will be done by Aeronautical Engineers Inc., and the first of the five 737-400Fs will enter service by the end of this month. DHL and Southern say […]
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