ZTO Express’ dedicated freighter operation remains limited post-peak

It has only been two weeks since the start of 2020, but HNA Group affiliate Tianjin Air Cargo (TAC) has already expanded its freighter network with the launch of its first scheduled international route, a weekly flight between Zhengzhou (CGO) and Bangkok (BKK) on Jan. 8, and another between CGO and Dhaka (DAK) on Jan. […]

Airbus’ first BelugaXL enters service

Airbus’ first BelugaXL freighter (1853) entered service on Jan.9, as expected, two months after receiving European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Type Certification.   The OEM stated that another five will be operational by 2023 to replace the fleet of its predecessor, the BelugaST. Airbus’ second BelugaXL (1824) has already been assembled, while the third unit (1930) is currently in production. The entire Beluga fleet is operated by Airbus […]

Flexport’s own-controlled 747F service ends

Flexport will be terminating its own-controlled 747-400F operation on Jan. 25. From that day onward, the forwarder will instead be moving to an asset-light model, having entered into a series of block space agreement with Plus Logistics, wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA). Flexport told Cargo Facts that, while the move was part of […]

Air Atlanta Icelandic looks to 777 platform

Air Atlanta Icelandic could soon be adding 777s to the list of aircraft it operates. The Iceland-based carrier has begun recruiting 777 type-rated captains and first officers through Confair, a Dutch recruitment agency for cockpit crew, flight attendants and technical maintenance personnel. According to the job description, this new batch of pilots will be based […]

Elroy Air and EmbraerX partner to advance commercial cargo drones

Embraer’s innovation-focused subsidiary EmbraerX and cargo drone developer Elroy Air announced a collaboration agreement Wednesday. The partnership gives EmbraerX access to the commercial air cargo market and gives Elroy Air access to Embraer’s expertise in technical development of aviation equipment. The deal came about over the past year as an opportunity for Embraer to enter […]

Air Hong Kong transfers first A330F to own AOC

Air Hong Kong (AHK) has completed the transfer of an A330-300P2F to its own AOC. The aircraft (116, ex-Malaysia Airlines) is the first A330 freighter to be added to the wholly owned Cathay Pacific subsidiary’s AOC, and was previously operated by ASL Airlines Ireland. While AHK couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, the carrier previously […]
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