KLM 747 Combis slip off schedule and (back) into retirement

Three KLM-operated 747-400 Combis — the final three in commercial services — will disappear from cargo schedules with the start of the winter season Oct. 25. Retirement will follow for the widebody trio, KLM Cargo confirmed. Though the aircraft will no longer be hauling cargo for KLM, the airframes will continue to support the air […]

Amazon Air goes international with Leipzig hub

Amazon has begun handling its own flights at its newly launched hub in Leipzig (LEJ), a move that mirrors the Amazon Air network in the United States. While Amazon has long had carriers flying intra-Europe on its behalf, the e-commerce giant now has its own ground team and facility to support an own-controlled network. The […]

GlobalX and Vallair sign LoI for ten A321Fs

Florida-based startup Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) intends to lease ten A321 converted freighters from Luxembourg-based Vallair. Under the letter of intent (LoI), the first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered to GlobalX by the third quarter of 2021, with all ten in service by the second quarter of 2023. GlobalX told Cargo Facts it is […]

Sine Draco selects MRO for A321-200 conversion

Sine Draco Aviation Development has selected Ascent Aviation Services’ Tucson (TUS) MRO facility to perform touch labor for its in-development A321-200SDF passenger-to-freighter conversion program.  Ascent Aviation plans to induct the first aircraft (963, ex-AtlasGlobal) early next year, Sine Draco told Cargo Facts.       Accounting for touch labor, engineering and flight tests, Sine Draco is targeting a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA in late 2021 or early 2022.   Sine […]

Demand snapshot: September traffic holds steady as yields swell

Fewer carriers are reporting monthly traffic figures on a regular basis this year following monumental dislocations in capacity. Carriers based in the Asia-Pacific region are among the exceptions, and continue to report with a degree of regularity.   While the reduced availability of scheduled lowerhold capacity makes annual comparisons irrelevant for most carriers, many of the region’s carriers continued to report traffic […]

ASL prepares for Amazon 737 operations

ASL Airlines will soon begin flying 737-800BCFs on behalf of Amazon, becoming the newest carrier to operate aircraft painted in the e-commerce giant’s livery and the first in Europe. The first 737-800BCF in Amazon colors that was delisted from the U.S. register and delivered to Shannon (SNN) in late September (33544, ex-Ryanair) has now been […]

Weekly Wrap: Here come the A321 freighters

The A321F has very much been the star of the past week, with the first aircraft converted to freighter configuration by 321 Precision Conversions taking flight, the first EFW frame leaving Singapore on delivery, and a new operator committing to the platform.   In this Cargo Facts Connect episode, Senior Editor Charles Kauffman and Associate Editor Jeff Lee discuss these developments and look ahead to […]
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