ASL to order LM-100J freighters

Ireland-based ASL Aviation Group signed a Letter of Intent for up to ten Lockheed Martin LM-100J freighters. The LM-100J is the commercial version of Lockheed Martin’s proven C-130J Super Hercules, and is an updated version of the venerable L-100 (or L-382) cargo aircraft. ASL is a major shareholder in South Africa-based Safair, which currently operates […]

DHL continues to revamp its US air operations

DHL Express ended its disastrous attempt to compete in the US domestic express market in 2008, but since that time, its US international business has grown strongly. The company requires a considerable amount of dedicated lift to support this US business, including domestic feeder service as well as international lift. In the period immediately following […]

Some good news from Russia and Ukraine

Since the start of the unrest in Eastern Ukraine, relations between Ukraine and Russia have deteriorated rapidly. However, Ruslan International, the joint venture between Ukraine-based Antonov Airlines and Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Airlines has so far kept above the fray. There may be little love between Russia and Ukraine, but in an interview with Cargo Facts’ European […]

Airlink provides airlift for Ebola outbreak

Airlink is a non-profit disaster-relief organization, supported by many of the companies in the airfreight and express industry. In fact, many of you who subscribe to Cargo Facts and visit this website probably work for, or lead, companies that support this effort. Here is an example of the good that comes of such support… Airlink […]

747-8 Freighters — where are they now?

It has now been almost nine years since Boeing officially launched the 747-8, with Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines signing on as launch customers with orders for ten and eight freighters, respectively. In a departure from the normal evolution of major aircraft programs, Boeing launched the freighter variant, the 747-8F, first, and it wasn’t until […]

Silk Way goes big – finally!

It has been a long time coming, but Silk Way finally took delivery of its first 747-8F. In March 2013, Azerbaijan-based all-cargo carrier Silk Way Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Boeing to purchase four 747-8 Freighters. Four months later, the carrier signed a firm order with Boeing for two 747-8Fs, and now, almost […]

IAG Cargo looking at more partnership opportunities

IAG Cargo boss Steve Gunning was recently quoted in Air Cargo News as saying the carrier’s deal with Qatar Airways for space on five weekly 777F frequencies between Hong Kong and the UK had worked out very well. So well, in fact, that “we have done some additional but much more modest capacity arrangements with […]

CAL upgrades its fleet

CAL Cargo Airlines is an all-cargo carrier that operates a very small fleet of very large, and very old, freighters. In recent years, this has been a recipe for disaster, and we have seen one such carrier after another suffer financial losses and go out of business. Air Cargo Germany, Cargo B, Cargoitalia, DAS Air, […]
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