Diversification, robust demand for 767Fs elevate ATSG 3Q19 results

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) reported an increase in customer revenue for the third quarter of 2019 of 79% year-over-year to US$366.1 million, partly because of the acquisition of Omni Air International in November 2018 but also because of strong demand for ATSG’s 767 freighters and flight operations. Operating income rose by almost 52% compared […]

EgyptAir shelves plans for more freighters

EgyptAir has reportedly decided not to take any more converted freighters beyond the two it currently operates and another one soon joining the fleet. All three A330-200P2Fs were previously in passenger service with the Cairo-based carrier. Speaking to African Aerospace, Ahmed Adel, EgyptAir’s new chairman and chief executive, said that the airline’s cargo division will […]

Second 737-800BDSF begins flight tests

The second 737-800 to be converted into cargo configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group (28619, ex-Pegasus) has been completed and took its first test flight on Nov. 4. The flight took place to the northwest of Tel Aviv (TLV) and lasted just under four hours. Meanwhile, the first 737-800BDSF (30498, ex-Transaero Airlines) has remained […]

21 Air to add 767-300F platform through interchange ops for Mas Air

21 Air announced this week it had entered into a long-term aircraft interchange agreement with Mexico-based Mas Air to operate Mas’ sole 767-300F (34627) on an interchange basis. Although Mas will remain the primary operator of the aircraft, US-based 21 Air will be called upon to operate certain scheduled segments. According to flight-tracking radar, Mas […]

West Atlantic UK extends 737F MRO deal with KLM UK Engineering

Cargo carrier West Atlantic UK and KLM UK Engineering, the wholly owned MRO subsidiary of KLM Engineering & Maintenance, have agreed to extend their airframe maintenance contract. The two companies first entered into the maintenance deal at the end of 2017, taking effect in January 2018. Under the contract, KLM UK Engineering will carry out heavy maintenance […]

FAA, Boeing backpedal on repair approval hurdle for freighter conversions

Boeing and the FAA have come to terms on how to approve structural repairs for freighter conversions and other aircraft altered by a non-Boeing STC, as long as the repair does not encompass an area affected by the STC. Earlier this month, Boeing told customers that STC holders would be responsible for approving all structural […]

CargoLogicAir to cut two 747Fs early next year

UK-based CargoLogicAir (CLA) will reduce its four-unit 747F fleet by two units next year, “because of the ongoing challenging market conditions,” according to a statement from the carrier. Following the reduction, CLA intends to continue operating two aircraft in ACMI service. The cuts are the latest prompted by CLA’s parent, the Volga-Dnepr Group, which earlier this […]
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