September 2019 general cargo demand: generally dismal

Although some Asia-based carriers saw improvements in September 2019 cargo demand compared to August, almost unanimously, cargo traffic reported by combination carriers was lower in September 2019. This was no surprise given market performance for much of 2019 as air freight demand responds to slowing global trade related to increasing protectionism and trade friction, and […]

Vallair expanding engine portfolio to support narrowbody freighter conversions [VIDEO]

Luxembourg-based Vallair, which signed on as the launch customer for A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion programs with both EFW and 321 Precision Conversions, is set to begin placing freighter-converted A321s with Qantas Freight and other carriers next year. Although sourcing suitable engines for 737 NG and A320-family narrowbody aircraft remains a challenge, the leasing and trading company […]

Cargo Facts Symposium Day 1: key takeaways

SAN DIEGO – A crowd of distinguished air cargo executives gathered for Cargo Facts Symposium 2019, held at the Intercontinental San Diego. Although the air cargo industry faces uncertainty on multiple fronts such as trade and political headwinds, and aircraft program complications, delegates remain overwhelmingly upbeat on long-term growth prospects for the industry. A few […]

CFS 2019: A330P2Fs won’t supplant freighter-converted 767s for 3-5 years [VIDEO]

SAN DIEGO – Although the A330 is seen as a likely successor to freighter-converted 767-300s, not for 3-5 years, said Rich Corrado, president Air Transport Services Group (ATSG). With an estimated 220 airframes remaining in passenger service of an age suitable for conversion, which for ATSG’s portfolio tends to be in a range of 15-25 […]

GECAS and IAI partner to launch 777P2F program

SAN DIEGO – GECAS and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced the joint launch of a 777-300ER passenger-to-freighter conversion program yesterday, just as delegates began arriving here for Cargo Facts Symposium 2019. More than just a customer for the program, along with IAI, GECAS is co-funding the development of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the […]

Alaska Air eager to expand freighter fleet, faces delays due to MAX grounding

Alaska Air Cargo is looking to convert at least two more 737s currently operating in its passenger fleet to freighter configuration, but told Cargo Facts the continued grounding of the 737 MAX has made it difficult to secure approval to free up 737 NG conversion feedstock from its passenger fleet.   Following the deployment of three IAI-converted 737-700Fs beginning in September 2017, […]
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