SF Airlines continues fleet growth

Chinese express carrier SF Airlines plans to add at least five more aircraft to its fleet by the end of 2020. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts the additions include three 757-200PCFs (29943, 33101 and 33100, all ex-TUI Airways), to be converted by Precision Aircraft Solutions, and two 767-300BCFs (26329, ex-LATAM, and 30847, ex-Titan Airways), […]

Cardig Air relaunches with 737-400F

Indonesia-based Cardig Air has relaunched operations after a couple of years of stagnation. The carrier recently acquired a 737-400F (25857, ex-British Airways) from Aero Acquisitions and began flying it May 18 [FAT 005420]. According to Indonesian ground handler JAS Airport Services, Cardig Air is flying the aircraft between Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (HLP) and Pekanbaru […]

Avianor and AKKA partner on passenger-freighter conversions

Montreal-based Avianor has partnered with Brussels-headquartered AKKA Technologies to have its passenger-freighter reconfiguration package approved and certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). AKKA has also been granted rights to use the solution. Matthieu Duhaime, president and COO of Avianor, told Cargo Facts EASA approval is expected in six to eight weeks. While […]

Astral Aviation looks to 767 platform for growth

Kenya-based Astral Aviation plans to add to its fleet two freighter-converted 767Fs, Cargo Facts has learned. The medium-widebody freighters will soon complement the carrier’s existing large widebody fleet, and are expected to open up new routes in support of the region’s perishables exports. Astral expects to take a 767-200F within a matter of months, and […]

Ethiopian grows reconfigured pax-freighter fleet to 20+

Ethiopian Airlines now has the largest fleet of reconfigured passenger-freighters by far, having modified twenty-two of its passenger aircraft by removing some or most of the seats from their cabins. The airline told Cargo Facts the twenty-two aircraft consist of four A350-900s, five Dash 8-Q400s, five 737-800s, two 767-300ERs, four 777-300ERs and two 787-9s. Together […]

GAMECO inducts first 737-800

Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Ltd. (GAMECO) has kicked off its 737-800BCF conversion line with the induction of its first aircraft (29052, ex-Aeromexico) [FAT 005441]. GAMECO, which Boeing announced as its third conversion site for 737-800BCFs in October 2019, said it is also looking to launch a second -800BCF conversion line later this year. BBAM confirmed to […]

Cessna SkyCourier commences flight testing

Textron Aviation completed a two hour and fifteen minute test flight for its in-development Cessna SkyCourier turboprop aircraft May 17. During the flight, test pilots evaluated the aircraft’s stability and control, as well as propulsion, environmental, flight controls and avionics systems. In the coming months, subsequent tests utilizing the prototype and other ground test units […]

Startup Air Falcon receives first freighter

Pakistan-based Air Falcon has taken redelivery of its first aircraft, a 737-300F (27713, ex-Southwest Airlines) on lease from Rostrum Leasing [FAT 005417]. Unit 27713, converted by PEMCO in 2019 and stored in Victorville (VCV) since November, departed VCV May 15 to begin its ferry flight to Pakistan, stopping in Bangor (BGR), Keflavik (KEF) and Varna […]
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