New Asian startup targets 2021 launch with 747Fs

A new company headquartered in Southeast Asia plans to commence freighter operations nine to twelve months from now, with the aim of building a fleet of two large widebody aircraft in the first year, and five within five years. One China Global Airways (OCG) told Cargo Facts it is in negotiations on the selection and […]

Sky Gates plans fleet expansion

Russia-based Sky Gates Airlines will soon expand its freighter fleet with at least one more 747-400F. The carrier told Cargo Facts it expects to add the aircraft in 2021, and is currently in discussions to finalize the deal. Sky Gates currently operates two, twenty-year-old 747-400Fs (32571, ex-Cathay Pacific, and 30804, ex-Silk Way West), that were […]

AirBridgeCargo to become latest 777F operator?

On Aug. 17, a 777F in AirBridgeCargo (ABC) livery (66625) departed Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility and headed for Sharjah (SHJ), ahead of service entry with the carrier.   Once in service, the number of 777F operators will grow to nineteen. But will that number include ABC?  Despite having left PAE, a few regulatory hurdles remain on the path to service entry, and the carrier declined to provide a […]

E-commerce growth pushes Russia’s S7 to freighters

Russia-based S7 Airlines will become a freighter operator when it takes delivery of the first of two 737-800BCFs in November, in part to accommodate the region’s burgeoning e-commerce market. The carrier expects the second aircraft to arrive in January 2021. Both are being leased from GECAS [FATs 005562-005563]. S7 told Cargo Facts it had made […]

MasAir eyes European ACMI operations

Mexico-based MasAir has been certified as a third-country operator (TCO) by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), authorizing it for commercial operations into and within the EU. MasAir told Cargo Facts the new certification allows the carrier to grow its newly established ACMI business unit. While the exact cities to which the carrier plans […]

Narrowbody conversions surge in July freighter aircraft transactions

Cargo Facts logged forty-two freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) during the month of July, nearly double the volume of transactions recorded in June. While the velocity of deals involving widebodies remains elevated, as has been the case in recent months as a result of capacity constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this month saw the return […]

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 […]

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 […]
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