Production A330F backlog dwindles

Colombia-based Synergy Aerospace Corporation, one of only two remaining customers with the production A330-200F on order, canceled its order for a single frame in December, according to Airbus’ orders and deliveries tally for 2019. Synergy is the majority shareholder of Avianca Holdings, which operates six A330-200Fs through its Avianca Cargo subsidiary. This leaves the A330-200F […]

ACIA acquires IPR’s conversion and leasing business

ACIA Aero Capital has acquired an additional 33.34% stake in IPR Conversions and IPR Leasing from IPR Invest. ACIA, which has leasing, maintenance and parts subsidiaries, had been a minority stakeholder in IPR and now becomes the sole owner of IPR’s conversion and leasing businesses covering ATR series aircraft. Christian Degouy, former managing director of […]

DHL to add a pair of 737-800Fs

DHL Express plans to add to its fleet a pair of freighter-converted 737-800BDSFs, Cargo Facts has learned. Both aircraft are owned by Spectre Air Capital and were converted to freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries’ Aviation Group, or IAI, at the company’s MRO facility in Tel Aviv (TLV). Following conversion, the aircraft (28619, ex-Pegasus and […]

STC granted for AEI’s 737-800SF conversion

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has issued Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) a Supplemental Type Certificate for its 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion program, the 737-800SF, AEI announced yesterday.  The STC validates the original FAA-issued STC, which was awarded to AEI at the beginning of 2019. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency, meanwhile, has yet to issue an STC. AEI is working […]

ZTO Express’ dedicated freighter operation remains limited post-peak

It has only been two weeks since the start of 2020, but HNA Group affiliate Tianjin Air Cargo (TAC) has already expanded its freighter network with the launch of its first scheduled international route, a weekly flight between Zhengzhou (CGO) and Bangkok (BKK) on Jan. 8, and another between CGO and Dhaka (DAK) on Jan. […]

Airbus’ first BelugaXL enters service

Airbus’ first BelugaXL freighter (1853) entered service on Jan.9, as expected, two months after receiving European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Type Certification.   The OEM stated that another five will be operational by 2023 to replace the fleet of its predecessor, the BelugaST. Airbus’ second BelugaXL (1824) has already been assembled, while the third unit (1930) is currently in production. The entire Beluga fleet is operated by Airbus […]
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