EFW begins conversion of another A300-600 for Rus

Note: The following article is excerpted from the current issue of Cargo Facts Update. We encourage those of you who do not already subscribe to the weekly Update, and its companion the monthly printed Cargo Facts newsletter, to click here for more information EADS EFW (the MRO and conversion arm of European aerospace giant EADS) […]

Hong Kong sets a full-year cargo record in just eleven months

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl, which handles about 80% of the cargo at Hong Kong International Airport) reported its handle for the first eleven months of 2010 up 26.7% over 2009 to 2.65 million tonnes, and up 10.8% over the previous best eleven-month total of 2.39 million tonnes in 2007. In fact, with a […]

Saudi Cargo adds Amsterdam and Nairobi

Saudi Airlines Cargo adds Amsterdam (AMS) and Nairobi (NBO) to its to freighter network from December 2010. Three weekly MD-11F flights will operate from Riyadh (RUH) and Jeddah (JED) on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday via Nairobi. The main, Africa-Europe leg is targeted at the fresh flower market. The airline recently hired Peter Scholten, former VP […]

Emirates stake for sale?

Is the sale of a stake in Emirates to help pay down Dubai sovereign debt imminent? Dubai might offer a stake in one of its most treasured assets – Emirates Airlines – in order to reduce the government’s sovereign debt, the director general of the Dubai Ruler’s Court is reported as saying. Mohammed Ibrahim Al […]

British Airways and IBERIA tie the knot

British Airways PLC’s shareholders Monday voted overwhelmingly in favor of its £5.7 billion ($8.9 billion) merger with Spain’s Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana S.A. (IBERIA), the final step before the airlines become (Spanish registered) International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, or IAG, in the new year. The combined carrier will have more than 400 aircraft and […]

LAN expands its freighter fleet

Note: The following article is excerpted from the current issue of Cargo Facts Update. We encourage those of you who do not already subscribe to the weeklyUpdate and its companion, the monthly printed Cargo Facts newsletter, to click here for more information. Chile-based LAN AIRLINES will significantly increase its freighter fleet. Saying that it anticipates […]

Cathay/Air China all-cargo jv gets the green light from Beijing

Note: The following article is excerpted from the current issue of Cargo Facts Update. We encourage those of you who do not already subscribe to the weeklyUpdate and its companion, the monthly printed Cargo Facts newsletter, to click here for more information. Launch of the long-planned all-cargo joint venture of Cathay Pacific and Air China […]

A cruel month for new aircraft and engine programs

November has so far not been the best month ever for three of the aviation industry’s big players.· An uncontained Trent 900 engine failure on a Qantas A380 just after takeoff from Singapore led to the grounding of Qantas’ entire A380 fleet, followed by some groundings at both Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa. The problem, an […]
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