DHL-Ethiopian JV plans additional growth, but does that mean additional freighters?

DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services, the joint venture between DHL Global Forwarding and Ethiopian Airlines, is looking to expand its operations in Ethiopia and has appointed Berhanu Kassa as its general manager. Kassa was previously director of logistics services at Ethiopian. While the JV isn’t solely focused on air logistics, this particular mode will be especially […]

SpiceJet becomes first operator of both 737 NG freighter variants

Indian carrier SpiceJet has taken redelivery of its first freighter-converted 737-800BCF for its cargo arm, SpiceXpress, becoming the first operator to have both the 737-700F and 737-800F platforms in its fleet. The aircraft is a 737-800BCF, on lease from NGF Alpha Limited, a division of Spectre Cargo Solutions [FATs 005141-005142]. SpiceJet said that the 737-800BCF […]

FedEx to park or retire 35 freighters on express headwinds, severed Amazon ties

Concurrent with the release of its 1QFY20 earnings, FedEx announced plans to park or retire the equivalent of up to thirty-five MD-10-10F, A310-300F and MD11F aircraft by the end of its next fiscal year. The company blamed weaker than expected express demand on trade friction and other macroeconomic influences battering the industrial sector. FedEx also […]

DHL Express takes delivery of third 777F, to be CMI operated by Aerologic

On Sept. 16, Boeing delivered a 777F (66081) to DHL Express. The aircraft was ferried to Leipzig (LEJ) where the aircraft will join the Aerologic fleet and be operated on a CMI basis for the express carrier [FATs 005136-5137]. The aircraft is the third of four 777Fs Boeing will deliver to DHL this year. Like […]

CargoLogic Germany receives AOC, aims for ten 737Fs by 2022

Leipzig (LEJ)-based CargoLogic Germany (CLG) was issued an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA), the German civil aviation authority. With an AOC in hand, the carrier expects to start flying “imminently,” CargoLogic Germany told Cargo Facts. Initially, CLG will operate a pair of 737-400 SFs that were redelivered to the carrier earlier this year, on-lease from […]

Airwork acquires pair of Bluebird 737-300Fs

Iceland-based Bluebird Nordic has sold two of its 737-300BDSFs to New Zealand-based Airwork, the cargo carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts [FATs 005134-005135]. The first aircraft (25264, ex-Frontier) is already in Auckland (AKL) and has been registered with the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand. According to Bluebird Nordic, unit 25264, which was owned by sister […]

ATSG will start flying for Amazon 767Fs previously operated by Atlas

Amazon is shifting 767-300Fs from Atlas Air to ATSG affiliate carrier Air Transport International (ATI) for CMI flying, Cargo Facts has learned. Although Atlas’ leasing affiliate, Titan Aviation Holdings, will continue to lease nineteen freighter-converted 767-300Fs to Amazon, CMI operations for at least two aircraft will be “assigned by Amazon to another provider,” Atlas confirmed […]

As MD-80s exit passenger service, freighter-converted units take to the skies with Everts Air

On Sept. 4, American Airlines retired the last twenty-six McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft in its fleet. Even though the airframe remains in passenger service with Delta (which operates 62 of the type), fleet numbers are on the decline – at least for units in passenger service. Despite serving a niche market, the number of freighter-converted […]
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