Longhao re-brands after securing new investor, looks ahead to fleet growth

Longhao Airlines is settling into its secondary base at Zhengzhou Airport (CGO) following investment from Henan Civil Aviation Development Investment (HNCA), and is now operating under its new name, Zhongyuan Longhao Airlines. After a period of low flight activity at the beginning of this year, the carrier is returning its fleet to service, and has […]

Startup Zhongzhou Airlines adds first freighter

Zhengzhou-based startup carrier Zhongzhou airlines has received its first 737-300F  (25998, ex-Suparna Airlines). The aircraft arrived at Zhengzhou Airport (CGO) earlier this week, on Nov. 12, according to local media sources. In February, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) approved the establishment of Zhongzhou Airlines, and green-lighted the carrier’s launch with 737-300F freighters The arrival of […]

ASL adds a 747-400F to its fleet

ASL Airlines Belgium has taken delivery of a 747-400F on lease (30762, ex-China Airlines) [FAT 005217]. The aircraft arrived in Liege, Belgium (LGG) earlier this week and is expected to commence service shortly. Cargo Facts reported on the reactivation of the previously-stored China Airlines 747-400F last month. See the full story here. Here’s a video […]

EFW redelivers final A330-200P2F to EgyptAir leaving DHL as sole confirmed customer for A330P2Fs

EFW, the conversion house that is a 55/45 joint venture between ST Engineering Aerospace and Airbus, redelivered an A330-200P2F (610) to Egyptair [FAT 005235]. EFW’s current order book for A330 conversions stands at five A330-300s for DHL Express, with options for ten more. The EgyptAir freighter, which was converted from feedstock that was previously operated […]

Airbus awarded EASA cert for BelugaXL, service entry expected in 2020

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded Airbus Type Certification for its BelugaXL freighter based on the A330-200F platform. The aircraft is expected to enter service by early 2020, according to a release from Airbus. Airbus unveiled the first completed BelugaXL in Toulouse in June 2018 (1824). A second unit (1853) was completed in […]

Citilink deploys 737-500 in cargo configuration for Garuda, sans cargo door

Indonesia-based Citilink, an affiliate carrier of Garuda Indonesia, has torn out the seats of a 737-500 (28727) that was previously in storage, and will begin operating the aircraft in cargo configuration. The aircraft in “Garuda Cargo” livery was unveiled at a Nov. 10 ceremony held at the Aeroasia hangar at Jakarta airport (CGK). A cargo […]

Boeing surges most since June on optimism over MAX comeback

(Bloomberg) – Boeing Co. jumped after providing more detail on how the 737 MAX will return to the skies – even as the company backed away from earlier assurances that the grounded jet would win full regulatory approval by year-end. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is on track to certify redesigned flight-control software by mid-December, […]

Qatar Airways adds 20th 777F

Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its twentieth 777F (66338) from Boeing [FAT 005234]. The airline is expected to take another before the year is over. With a freighter fleet of twenty-seven own-operated widebody aircraft, Qatar Airways presently operates the most freighters of any combination carrier in the world. Beyond that, Qatar Airways has five more […]
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