737-800 conversion market diversification accelerates in 2020

In a year that has seen rising interest in 737NG conversions, at least four companies new to the model have placed orders for up to eleven 737-800Fs so far in 2020, with more yet to be disclosed or announced. The following chart shows orders for 737 family and A321 conversions since January 2019.   Many 2020 […]

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, […]

Cargo Three prepares for A300F launch

Panama-based Cargo Three will soon launch operations with its first A300B4-200F (227, ex-AeroUnion). JMB Aviation Group, parent of Cargo Three, told Cargo Facts it expects to put the aircraft into service in about a month, after approval by the Panamanian authorities. For now, unit 227 is stored at Orlando Sanford (SFB), where it was ferried […]

Top 25 carrier rankings scrambled by fleet changes

While the mix of carriers in the top-five bracket remained the same in 2019, the order in which they are ranked looks very different compared to a year ago, thanks to changes to their freighter fleets.  In our list of Top 25 Carriers by total FTKs, the top five leaders collectively added a net of twenty-three freighters in 2019. The […]

AEI boosts 737-800 conversion capacity on demand growth

Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) has designated Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO Xiamen) as a conversion center for its 737-800SF program, taking the number of conversion facilities it has to five. According to AEI, HAECO Xiamen will initially have one conversion line and begin touch labor on its first 737-800 in January 2021, but a second […]

Cargojet to end 2020 with 25 freighters

Canada-based Cargojet Airways will add another 767-300F and expects to have twenty-five freighters in service by the end of 2020. The fleet will consist of nine leased 767-300Fs, five owned 767-300Fs, one leased 767-200F, two owned 767-200Fs, and eight owned 757-200Fs. According to Cargojet’s second-quarter results, released Aug. 6, the carrier executed a letter of intent […]

UPS’ Houston Mills joins CFS speaker faculty

Cargo Facts is pleased to announce that Houston Mills, vice president of flight operations of UPS, has joined the Cargo Facts Symposium 2020 speaker faculty. Mills will join other distinguished industry peers on a virtual roundtable session titled, “Refiling air cargo’s flight plan: Growth opportunities and obstacles in airfreight,” on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 11:45 […]

Volga-Dnepr preps for 777F ops

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group has taken delivery of its first 777F (66625) from Boeing [FAT 005539]. Volga-Dnepr couldn’t confirm an exact date for the arrival of the aircraft at its hub in Moscow (SVO), but told Cargo Facts it could depart Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility as early as next week. The Russian group’s first 777F is […]
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