Reconfigured passenger-freighter fleet tops 130

More than 130 passenger aircraft have now been reconfigured for cargo by removing seats from the main-deck cabin, according to Cargo Facts research. Meanwhile, the total number of passenger freighters, which includes aircraft that have not had seats removed, has grown to more than 1,800. Airlines that have opted to reconfigure passenger cabins have done […]

Boeing nabs freighter-only orders in May

Boeing secured firm orders for only nine aircraft in May, all relating to freighters, according to the planemaker’s orders and deliveries tally for the month. With the update, Boeing confirmed suspicions that UPS is the customer for a hotly contested 747-8F (63784) originally ordered by the Volga-Dnepr Group. FedEx also upped its official 767-300F backlog […]

Fleeting solutions: Passenger freighters lack longevity

[Note: All figures and information in this feature were correct as of May 30.] Just outside East Africa’s bustling Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines has been toiling endlessly to modify a significant proportion of its passenger fleet to carry additional cargo. Some twenty-two reconfigured aircraft, a wide mix of fleet types ranging in size from the […]

Pelita Air Service shifts focus to freighters

Indonesia-based Pelita Air Service has taken redelivery of its first freighter-converted ATR 72-500F (746, ex-Veling) and begun operating it in charter service for Angkasa Pura Logistics (APLOG), a subsidiary of the state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura Airports [FAT 005451]. Unit 746, completed in mid-May, was ferried from the Indopelita Aircraft Services facility at Pondok Cabe […]

First 777-300ER to be converted arrives at TLV

The aircraft set to become the prototype 777-300ERSF has arrived in Tel Aviv (TLV), where it will be converted into freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) [FATs 005447-005448]. The 777-300ER (32789) had previously been in operation with Emirates since 2005, on lease from GECAS. The carrier told Cargo Facts it withdrew the aircraft from service […]

Cargo Facts Connect: Volga v. Boeing, more Amazon freighters

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr has now been denied its motion for a temporary restraining order to stop Boeing from selling a 747-8F and three 777Fs that were originally destined for AirBridgeCargo. And notably, Amazon announced the addition of more 767-300Fs to its already significant fleet of freighters, and GECAS and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will soon kick […]

Aerotranscargo offers 747-400 pax freighter, could add more -400Fs

All-747F operator Aerotranscargo is looking to grow its fleet further while others downsize, and has added to its portfolio a passenger 747-400 (28959) temporarily reconfigured for cargo, with potentially two more production freighters to come. Unit 28959 was previously operated for Saudi Arabia-based flynas by Moldova-based Terra Avia, flying Hajj services between Indonesia and Saudi […]

Court denies Volga-Dnepr motion for restraining order against Boeing

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group’s application for a temporary restraining order to stop Boeing from selling one 747-8F (63784) and three 777Fs has been denied by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. The case concerns a December 2018 contract between Volga-Dnepr and Boeing for five 747-8Fs and another December 2018 contract for […]
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