Coronavirus pressures Boeing to idle operations, cure cash bleed

Boeing is under mounting pressure from the coronavirus outbreak to stop work at its final-assembly facilities, at least on a temporary basis. With at least three large widebody freighters on the flight line at Boeing’s Everett final assembly facility, deliveries planned in the coming weeks could be delayed. These include a China Southern Cargo 777F […]

DHL Global Forwarding declares force majeure on ocean, air shipments

In light of the widespread flight cancellations and delays, and cancellations of ocean vessels, DHL Global Forwarding (DGF) declared force majeure for air and ocean shipments, indicating that, due to outside events beyond the reasonable control of DHL — in this case, the coronavirus pandemic — the forwarder may face unforeseeable obstacles preventing its operations. […]

Demand for 737 Classic conversions persists

Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) will convert for Nauru Airlines a 737-300. The aircraft (28732) is currently in passenger service with the airline and will be inducted for conversion in late May at the Commercial Jet facility in Miami (MIA) [FAT 005357]. Nauru Airlines already has a single 737-300F (27125, ex-Europe Airpost), as well as three […]

Industrial output, trade holding so far, despite coronavirus pandemic [VIDEO]

Industrial output and trade has not plummeted to the same degree as passenger travel by the coronavirus pandemic as of today, Frederic Horst, managing director of Cargo Facts Consulting, said during an industry meeting convened by Cargo Facts. Cargo Facts hosted its subscribers — stakeholders from all facets of air cargo — on Thursday for […]

Freighters resist quarantine and spring back into action, for now

On March 15, ACE Belgium Freighters added to its fleet a second 747-400, an ERF variant (35169, ex-Jade Cargo) that previously operated on the AOC of affiliate carrier Israel-based CAL Cargo [FAT 005356]. After sitting idle since its ferry flight to Liege (LGG) on Feb. 2, the aircraft has since completed two roundtrip flights between […]

Qantas, KLM fly passenger aircraft as freighters, Lufthansa and IAG may follow

[Note: Qantas has now decided to suspend all international passenger flying from the end of March until at least May 31, 2020.] As borders are severely restricted and passenger flights are cancelled around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more airlines are beginning to operate empty passenger aircraft for the sole purpose of carrying […]

Join our ‘Airfreight in the Age of Coronavirus’ Zoom meeting (Subscribers Only)

[Note: This event has already occurred. The complete webinar is available to Cargo Facts subscribers here]. Cargo Facts will be holding a crucial Zoom meeting on Thursday, March 19, at 11:30 ET for subscribers only on the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on airfreight. The Zoom meeting will feature Frederic Horst, managing director of Cargo […]
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