Emergency AD mandates new engine inspections for stored 737s

An emergency airworthiness directive (AD) issued today by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires inspections of the engine bleed air fifth stage check valve on all 737 Classic and NG aircraft that have not been operated in flight for seven or more consecutive days, or have been operated for ten or fewer flight cycles since […]

Conversion outlook: How many retired 767s will end up as freighters?

How many of the 280 operable 767-300ERs under age twenty-six are destined to become twenty-four pallet 767-300Fs? The pandemic may be changing the calculus.  Of the younger-vintage 767-300ERs, just 102 aircraft are currently active, according to data from ch-aviation. More than half (146) are currently in storage, twenty-six are in maintenance, and six are in conversion.   […]

3 trends in July passenger-freighter operations

Some regions continue to see an expansion of cargo-only operations utilizing passenger aircraft, despite falling demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) to combat COVID-19 and the resumption of some international passenger flights. As the capacity and commodity mix evolves, here are three trends Cargo Facts has gleaned from analysis of passenger freighter flights in July: […]

Aircraft Finance Germany orders first Boeing conversions

Frankfurt-headquartered Aircraft Finance Germany (AFG) has placed an order for two 737-800BCF conversions, becoming the latest lessor to enter the market for freighter aircraft converted by Boeing [FATs 005527-005528]. AFG told Cargo Facts they will be converted at the (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company (STAECO) facility in Jinan (TNA), but declined to identify the two frames by […]

MasAir expands with 767-300BDSF

Mexico-based MasAir is expanding its fleet by leasing a 767-300BDSF (24853, ex-ABX Air) under a long-term agreement with Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), the leasing division of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) [FAT 005517]. MasAir told Cargo Facts the aircraft will operate under its own air operator’s certificate (AOC) starting in August and will be flying […]

DHL continues 767 growth despite A330 backlog

DHL Express will grow its freighter fleet with the addition of four Boeing-converted 767-300BCFs, the two companies announced today in conjunction with the virtual presentation of the Farnborough International Airshow. [FATs 005511-005514]. DHL continues to order 767 conversions although it still has a firm order for four more EFW-converted A330-300P2Fs, widely seen as the long-term […]

West Atlantic returns second 767

Sweden-based West Atlantic recently returned a 767-200BDSF to its lessor and is considering the addition of slightly younger freighters. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that the 767 (22217, ex-ABX Air) was returned off-lease to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) [FAT 005518]. The aircraft was ferried from Leipzig (LEJ) to Tampa (TPA) via Boston (BOS) at the […]
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