Who’s who in freighter conversions: The conversion houses

Today, we conclude our two-part analysis of the passenger-to-freighter conversion market. In the first part yesterday, we began with a look at the increasing number of narrowbody conversion programs for Next Generation, or NG, aircraft. In the second part today, we take a look at the six conversion houses that currently offer passenger-to-freighter conversion programs […]

Who’s who in freighter conversions: So many programs, so little feedstock

While recent years have witnessed redelivery of the first of the next generation of narrowbody freighter conversions,  the narrowbody conversion space is about to get even busier and more competitive next year. Not only will a second platform, the A321, be introduced but, by the end of 2019, up to three additional narrowbody conversion programs […]

Airbus GMF forecasts 2,500 freighters to be added over the next two decades

Airbus forecasts a total of 2,800 freighters will be in service by 2038 a net increase of 1,000 units from today’s totals, the company stated in its Global Market Forecast (GMF) released this week. Despite the recent slowdown in airfreight growth, Airbus is more bullish on the freighter market compared to previous years on the […]

ATSG will start flying for Amazon 767Fs previously operated by Atlas

Amazon is shifting 767-300Fs from Atlas Air to ATSG affiliate carrier Air Transport International (ATI) for CMI flying, Cargo Facts has learned. Although Atlas’ leasing affiliate, Titan Aviation Holdings, will continue to lease nineteen freighter-converted 767-300Fs to Amazon, CMI operations for at least two aircraft will be “assigned by Amazon to another provider,” Atlas confirmed […]

Atlas Air adds another 767-300BCF

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has taken redelivery of a 767-300BCF (27568, ex-Neos) from Boeing and this week put it into commercial service with Atlas Air [FAT 005122]. Although the aircraft is currently utilized for routes that are consistent with Amazon’s own-controlled network, the 767-300BCF is not dry leased to Amazon like the other nineteen 767Fs […]

EFW redelivers third A330-300P2F to DHL

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has redelivered the third freighter-converted A330-300F (231, ex-Thai Airways) to DHL Express [FAT 005124]. Following the redelivery, the express carrier has five more A330-300P2Fs on firm order, and options for ten more. After having conducted two test flights on Aug. 27 and Sept. 2, the aircraft  flew from Dresden (DRS) to Malta […]

CAM takes redelivery of first 767BDSF for UPS

Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), the leasing subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), has taken redelivery of another 767-300BDSF (28041, ex-Air Italy) [FAT 005112]. But what’s different about this aircraft is that, instead of being destined for Amazon like most of CAM’s recent redeliveries, it will be placed with Atlanta-based integrator UPS [FAT 005113]. This […]

ACE Belgium puts first 747-400BCF into scheduled service

On Sunday, a 747-400BCF (24227, ex-CAL Cargo Air Lines) operated by ACE Belgium Freighters touched down in New York (JFK) for the first time, marking the startup carrier’s formal launch of scheduled commercial flights after a three-month period during which the aircraft was in heavy maintenance. Although ACE Belgium Freighters just received a Belgian Air […]
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