AerSale acquires 757-200 feedstock for conversion and part-out

Florida-headquartered AerSale is to purchase twenty-four 757-200s and intends to convert at least some of them into freighters. According to AerSale, the aircraft are currently parked at its facility in Roswell (ROW) but those destined to become freighters will be converted at its Goodyear (GYR) facility, where many of Precision Aircraft Solutions’ 757-200PCF conversions are […]

Weekly Wrap: The new ATR freighter, plus an update on passenger freighters [Video]

This week, Cargo Facts saw the first production ATR freighter take flight, marking a key milestone in the development of this new feeder freighter that will start being delivered to FedEx in 2021. Meanwhile, six months after airlines began flying passenger aircraft as freighters, the total number of these flights has grown to the tens of […]

First factory-built ATR 72-600F commences flight tests

The first new-build ATR 72-600F took to the skies over Toulouse (TLS) today and completed a two-hour flight test. Unlike the existing ATR freighter fleet, which is comprised of freighter-converted passenger units, this is the first program from the Airbus and Leonardo joint venture to deliver aircraft in cargo configuration, with a large cargo door […]

Cessna SkyCourier freighter takes first flight

Textron Aviation completed assembly of the first freighter-configured Cessna SkyCourier 408, and subsequently operated its first test flight, the company announced this week. Disruption in the form of later cutoff times for cities served by integrator feeder networks may be on the horizon. Unlike previous Cessna models that are currently widely utilized in cargo service, […]

Does e-commerce fleet expansion signal the untapped potential of Russian market?

Alibaba’s e-commerce affiliate Cainiao has committed to prying open more airfreight links between its home market, China, and Russia, and will soon begin services with a newly delivered 757-200PCF (27051, ex-American Airlines) it is chartering from Aviastar-TU.  According to Cainiao, the recently placed 757-200PCF will start flying e-commerce shipments from China to Russia in August, adding to an already […]

UPS strategy pivot limits fleet growth

UPS’ new CEO Carol Tomé, who took over the reins from David Abney on June 1, outlined a new direction for the company that will prioritize higher-quality revenue streams over volume growth. Future fleet additions and capital investments will be more rigidly scrutinized, which could restrain further fleet growth for UPS. “What we have done […]

Conversion outlook: How many retired 767s will end up as freighters?

How many of the 280 operable 767-300ERs under age twenty-six are destined to become twenty-four pallet 767-300Fs? The pandemic may be changing the calculus.  Of the younger-vintage 767-300ERs, just 102 aircraft are currently active, according to data from ch-aviation. More than half (146) are currently in storage, twenty-six are in maintenance, and six are in conversion.   […]

DHL continues 767 growth despite A330 backlog

DHL Express will grow its freighter fleet with the addition of four Boeing-converted 767-300BCFs, the two companies announced today in conjunction with the virtual presentation of the Farnborough International Airshow. [FATs 005511-005514]. DHL continues to order 767 conversions although it still has a firm order for four more EFW-converted A330-300P2Fs, widely seen as the long-term […]
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