Pandemic to boost feedstock availability for conversions [VIDEO]

Although passenger aviation faces the grim reality that it may take two to three years for traffic to bounce back to 2019 levels, feedstock for new and upcoming conversion programs, such as the 737-800 and A321-200, will soon be available at price points viable for conversion, said Doug Kelly, senior vice president of asset valuation […]

Atlas Air begins reactivating stored 747s

Atlas Air has started to bring its converted 747-400Fs out of storage to handle the surge in demand for freighter capacity. One of the four freighter-converted aircraft previously parked by Atlas, a 747-400BCF (24833) was ferried from Marana (MZJ) to Los Angeles (LAX) on April 1, after being stored in MZJ since Jan. 2. The […]

Join our ‘Aircraft Values in the Age of Coronavirus’ Zoom meeting (Subscribers Only)

Cargo Facts will hold a Zoom meeting today at 11:30 ET to discuss the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on values for freighters and conversion feedstock. The Zoom meeting will feature Doug Kelly, senior vice president of asset valuation at AVITAS. He will provide analysis on how past crises have affected aircraft values and will […]

AA to retire dozens of 737s, releasing more feedstock

American Airlines is reportedly planning to retire seventy-six 737-800s, nine A330-300s and twenty E190s in light of the COVID-19 crisis, making a large batch of potential conversion feedstock available. American Airlines President Robert Isom shared the plans during a video session with employees during the weekend, according to Reuters. Although no precise timeline for the […]

130+ passenger aircraft added to ‘COVID-19 freighter fleet’

As borders are severely restricted and passenger flights are cancelled around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, at least forty airlines have operated some 135 empty passenger aircraft for the sole purpose of carrying cargo, analysis by Cargo Facts has found. With bellyholds traditionally moving 40%-80% of the cargo on a given lane, the […]

FEMA moves medical supplies into the US via air

As the country faces a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use by medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is utilizing chartered freighter flights for shipments into the U.S. The first flight, an Atlas Air-operated 747-400F, arrived at New York’s JFK Airport on Sunday after departing from Shanghai Pudong […]
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