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 […]

DHL to add a 767-300BCF to Panamanian operation

On Oct. 27, DHL Express took redelivery of a 767-300BCF (28042, ex-Air Italy) following conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing at the SASCO facility in Singapore [FAT 005220]. The aircraft was ferried to Panama, where it is being registered on the air operator’s certificate (AOC) of DHL’s Panama-based airline, DHL Aero Expreso. When the aircraft […]

SpiceJet grows freighter fleet with second 737-800BCF

India-based SpiceJet will soon receive its second 737-800BCF (30475), on lease from Spectre Air Capital [FATs 005231-005232]. With this redelivery, the carrier grows its freighter fleet to five units. Unit 30475 has been spotted in Jinan (TNA), where it was converted by Boeing at the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co., Ltd. (STAECO) facility. The aircraft was manufactured in […]

Qatar Airways and GE launch foam wash engine cleaning pilot

Last week, Doha-based Qatar Airways announced it was partnering with GE to launch a three-year trial program to evaluate the engine manufacturer’s new foam cleaning system, ‘GE 360 Foam Wash.’ Qatar, the first airline licensed to use the product, will replace the traditional water-based washing process with the foam system when cleaning the GEnx-1B engines […]

Diversification, robust demand for 767Fs elevate ATSG 3Q19 results

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) reported an increase in customer revenue for the third quarter of 2019 of 79% year-over-year to US$366.1 million, partly because of the acquisition of Omni Air International in November 2018 but also because of strong demand for ATSG’s 767 freighters and flight operations. Operating income rose by almost 52% compared […]
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