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 […]

Cargolux orders another 747-8F

As Cargo Facts predicted, Luxembourg-based all-cargo carrier Cargolux placed an order for an additional 747-8 Freighter from Boeing, bringing its total order for the type to fourteen, of which nine have so far been delivered. This is an interesting move, to say the least, and can be seen in two different ways… On one hand, […]

Just when you though it couldn’t get worse at Cargolux…

When Robert van de Weg resigned last week from his position as Senior VP Sales & Marketing and Member of the Executive Committee at Cargolux, it seemed that everything that could go wrong at carrier had gone wrong.  (You can read our account of his resignation and its impact here.)  With Mr. van de Weg’s resignation, […]

Silk Way’s first 747-8F gets ready to fly

Less than a year after Silk Way Airlines of Azerbaijan placed an order for two 747-8Fs, the first of these aircraft has been rolled out of the factory in the carrier’s full livery (msn: 44444). The Baku-based carrier is divided into two parts – Silk Way Airlines (IATA: ZP) and Silk Way West Airlines (IATA: […]

Cargolux loses a top executive as troubles mount

24 January note: I have added a note regarding the response from Cargolux employees (through a union spokesman) at the end of this post. Not many in the air freight industry believed that the “dual hub strategy” Cargolux was forced to agree to when the Luxembourg government sold a 35% stake in the carrier to […]

A major strategic change at IAG Cargo

Eighteen years ago, when British Airways needed main-deck freight capacity, it took the then-unusual step of leasing a freighter on an ACMI basis, rather than buying or dry-leasing its own freighter. The provider of the freighter was a relatively young US-based 747 freighter operator, Atlas Air. There have been big changes at both companies since […]

Air China Cargo’s new 777F

Air China Cargo’s first 777F has returned from the Portland paint shop and is now in pre-delivery testing at Boeing’s Everett Facility. The aircraft (msn:  44678) is the first of eight the carrier will receive through 2015. The new 777s were ordered in March, 2013, as part of a massive re-alignment of the fleets at […]
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