7 airlines with the most cargo-only flights

Faced with shrinking route networks, airlines began using passenger widebody passenger aircraft solely to transport cargo in March. Now, almost six months later, these operations are not only ongoing at many of the world’s major airlines, but represent a financial lifeline against the slow recovery of the passenger market. Tens of thousands of cargo-only flights […]

Aerotranscargo continues 747 growth

Moldova-based Aerotranscargo has expanded its all-747 fleet by acquiring another freighter-converted -400BDSF [FAT 005622]. The aircraft (25075, ex-Air Cargo Global) was reactivated after almost a year of storage in Liege (LGG). Unit 25075 was spotted arriving at Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN) on Sept. 11 under its new Moldovan registration. The 747 had been grounded at LGG since […]

Pelita begins charter ops with second ATR 72F

Indonesia-based Pelita Air Service has begun operating its second ATR 72-500F. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that the aircraft (705, ex-Mistral Air) is on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital and is being chartered by Angkasa Pura Logistics (APLOG), under an arrangement similar to Pelita’s first ATR 72-500F (746, ex-Veling), which is owned and began […]

ACT reassigns 747-400Fs from Saudia to Turkish

Turkish Airlines has added more freighter capacity through two 747-400BDSFs operated on an ACMI basis by Turkey-based ACT Airlines. The aircraft (25641 and 25645, both ex-ANA) were both previously operated for Saudia Cargo [FATs 005617-005620]. At the end of August, the two 747s were brought back to Istanbul (ISL) from Saudi Arabia and repainted into ACT’s […]

SprintAir to introduce first ATR 72-500F

Poland-based SprintAir has added its first ATR 72-500 to its fleet. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that the newly acquired aircraft (686, ex-HOP) is being converted into freighter configuration at its own maintenance facility in Warsaw (WAW) [FATs 005578-005579]. SprintAir said it had selected unit 686 after an “extensive” market search for a good candidate […]

Qatar sells A330-200F to Hungary

One of Qatar Airways’ A330-200Fs has been acquired by the Hungarian government, according to local publication Origo. The aircraft (1578) will reportedly be operated by low-cost carrier Wizz Air [FAT 005604]. Apart from a test flight around Doha (DOH) on Aug. 31, unit 1578 had not flown since being removed from service after mid-July. In […]

Weekly Wrap: A look back at the rise of Amazon Air [Video]

This week, the first 767-300ER registered directly to Amazon surfaced in the FAA registry. From its early days of launching a trial network in the fall of 2015, Amazon Air has quickly built up its network of own-controlled capacity, and is on track to operate a fleet of at least eighty-one aircraft by the end […]

Amazon registers its own 767-300ER

On Aug. 31, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued Amazon.com Services LLC a temporary registration certificate for a 767-300ER (25274, ex-WestJet) the e-commerce giant had recently acquired [FAT 005606]. This is the first aircraft registered directly to Amazon, according to the FAA registry. Although it is early yet to tell if the acquisition is a […]
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