The 737 conversion market stays hot

Orders for widebody freighter conversions may have almost dried up, but the narrowbody conversion market continues to thrive. Cargo Facts believes there will soon be a flood of new orders announced for passenger-to-freighter conversions of 757-200s (currently offered by Precision Conversions and ST Aero), as well as for Aeronautical Engineers Inc’s recently-launched MD-80 and CRJ200 […]

Chapman Freeborn Australia secures Hercules aircraft lease deal

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering is delighted to announce that it has signed an exclusive contract with Safair to place and operationally manage a L382 Hercules aircraft in Australia. As the only rear-loading freighter of its kind in the country, there is expected to be strong demand for the aircraft which is based in Brisbane on a […]

Game over for Air Cargo Germany?

Any hope that Frankfurt Hahn-based all-cargo carrier Air Cargo Germany (ACG) might restructure during its bankruptcy appears to have faded. Reports in the German aviation media indicate that ACG has defaulted on loans totaling €10 million from Hahn Airport and from Rhineland-Palatinate state development bank ISB, and that both lenders have now written off the […]

Two new all-cargo airlines

One favorite subject of conversation at air freight industry get-togethers these days is the demise of the all-cargo long-haul airline. Whenever another all-cargo carrier goes out of business (Air Cargo Germany is the latest) someone is sure to say: “When even the big players like Cargolux, NCA, and AirBridge are losing money, there’s no hope […]

Precision Conversions’ 757 passenger-to-combi program receives certification

US-based Precision Conversions received Supplemental Type Certification from the US FAA for its 757-200 Passenger-to-Combi conversion program. The conformity aircraft (26273, ex SunExpress) was redelivered to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM, a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group) following certification. It will be operated for the US military by Air Transport International (ATI, also an ATSG […]

A turnaround in air freight demand in China?

The biggest cargo handlers at the two busiest cargo airports in China have now reported their April results, and the news is encouraging. Relatively few of the big cargo carriers have reported their April results, but the trend among those that have is of continuing improvement — not spectacular, but at least movement in the […]
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