Weekly Wrap: The new ATR freighter, plus an update on passenger freighters [Video]

This week, Cargo Facts saw the first production ATR freighter take flight, marking a key milestone in the development of this new feeder freighter that will start being delivered to FedEx in 2021. Meanwhile, six months after airlines began flying passenger aircraft as freighters, the total number of these flights has grown to the tens of […]

Aviation slump does little to slow part-out interest in narrowbody feedstock

Competition for narrowbody feedstock from the part-out market remains strong despite an unprecedented aviation slump, according to APOC Aviation, an aircraft part-out company based in Rotterdam. The prospect of lower feedstock acquisition prices has catalyzed interest in newer narrowbody conversion types from participants in the freighter market, but interest from part-out companies continues to attract […]

Maltese startup looks to 737-400Fs for launch

A startup based in Malta aims to enter the freighter market in the first quarter of 2021 with its own air operator’s certificate (AOC) and possibly two 737-400Fs. SVL Airlines told Cargo Facts it had initially looked at 737-300QCs for the extra flexibility of a reconfigurable layout, but as the pandemic worsened over the course […]

Amerijet expands fleet with seventh 767-300F

U.S.-based Amerijet is growing its fleet with a newly converted 767-300BDSF (26996, ex-American Airlines), on lease from Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) [FAT 005621]. The carrier told Cargo Facts it expects the aircraft, currently undergoing final checks in Tampa (TPA), to arrive at its Miami (MIA) hub in a matter of days. Unit 26996 had been ferried […]

First factory-built ATR 72-600F commences flight tests

The first new-build ATR 72-600F took to the skies over Toulouse (TLS) today and completed a two-hour flight test. Unlike the existing ATR freighter fleet, which is comprised of freighter-converted passenger units, this is the first program from the Airbus and Leonardo joint venture to deliver aircraft in cargo configuration, with a large cargo door […]

No summer slowdown detected in August freighter aircraft transactions

Cargo Facts logged forty-three freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) during the month of August, nearly mirroring the volume of transactions recorded in July – so much for a summer slowdown. Transactions recorded during the period represent a balanced mix of carrier and fleet types. There were, however, some notable highlights among non-express all-cargo carriers, including: Russia-based […]

7 airlines with the most cargo-only flights

Faced with shrinking route networks, airlines began using passenger widebody passenger aircraft solely to transport cargo in March. Now, almost six months later, these operations are not only ongoing at many of the world’s major airlines, but represent a financial lifeline against the slow recovery of the passenger market. Tens of thousands of cargo-only flights […]

Engines amid Covid-19: green time for less green?

On numerous occasions last year, freighter redeliveries were delayed and test flights for new programs awaiting certifications were postponed. The culprit? The engines. Feedstock deemed suitable for conversion isn’t always equipped with engines that fit the needs of the cargo market, and the assets often trade separately. “Even weeks after converting the aircraft to freighter […]
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