Boeing delivers first freighter since production restart

Boeing has delivered its first production freighter aircraft since it resumed production of all its commercial airplanes April 20. The aircraft, a 767-300F (65791) for UPS, was ferried from Everett (PAE) to San Antonio (SAT) on May 12 [FAT 005410]. The COVID-19 pandemic led Boeing to a fourteen-day suspension of production in the Puget Sound […]

De Havilland extends simplified conversion for Dash 8s

De Havilland has obtained regulatory approval from Transport Canada for its Dash 8-100, -200 and -300 Simplified Package Freighter conversion that features a stripped-out passenger cabin without seats. The manufacturer developed the conversion program as a solution to the lack of airfreight capacity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and allows operators to make better use […]

777-300ER dominates passenger-freighter fleet

The number of passenger aircraft that have been used as freighters on cargo-only flights and recorded by Cargo Facts in our recently launched passenger-freighter database has now surpassed 1,000. While the type of operation varies widely, from one-off charters to regularly scheduled networks, the sheer scale of the utilization is unprecedented, much like the impact […]

THG Air — U.K.’s newest cargo airline?

British online retailer The Hut Group (THG) has launched THG Air with plans to add two A330 freighters. The aircraft, to be painted in THG colors, will be based at Manchester Airport (MAN), where the group’s headquarters are located. THG told Cargo Facts the aircraft are likely to be A330-200Fs, which are in the final […]

JD restarts dedicated freighter operation

Chinese e-tailer JD.com has chartered a 737-300F to improve its parcel delivery services across the country. The aircraft (27518, ex-Air China) has begun flying between Shenzhen (SZX) and Wuxi (WUX), operated by Zhejiang Loong Airlines (or Loong Air). JD told Cargo Facts the aircraft, with JD Express branding, is dedicated to the route at this […]

Atlas Air bounces back in first quarter as 747 demand surges

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., the world’s largest operator of 747 freighters, reported a net profit of $23.4 million in the first quarter of 2020 as charter demand surged. Demand for the 747 platform, which was sluggish toward the end of 2019, took a 180-degree turn in 1Q20 as a result of COVID-19 disruptions that […]
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