CFS: 757 feedstock availability delays A321 conversion boom

Redeliveries of freighter-converted A321Fs have commenced, but it may be a few years before large numbers of A320-family aircraft are converted. A321-200 feedstock values remain elevated above the perceived sweet spot for conversion, and the continued availability of 757-200 feedstock will limit the number of investors and operators looking to jump into the platform in […]

CFS: Engine USM availability still tight

The storage and accelerated retirement of hundreds of passenger aircraft around the world has yet to result in a significant influx of used serviceable material available for the freighter market. This is partly because owners who had bought at high prices prior to the pandemic may be holding back on selling those assets for now […]

CFS: Regional capacity weakness persists

Alaska Airlines is expanding capacity in the lead-up to this year’s peak season and is in the final approval stage of moving a 737-900 into full passenger-freighter configuration.  Alaska Airlines, which does not yet operate regional aircraft in freighter configuration but does fly three 737-700Fs within the state of Alaska, emphasized the importance of regional capacity for vital cargo movements within […]

Walmart steers clear of freighters with store-to-shopper model

Walmart has retreated from discussions to expand its air logistics operations with dedicated freighters, at least for now. Walmart told Cargo Facts that it has considered various “transportation solutions” recently, but confirmed that an own-controlled network is not currently in the works. “We are continually evaluating transportation solutions to help meet our customers’ shopping needs,” […]

CFS: Incoming FedEx regional freighters could counter scarce capacity

With capacity at a premium, early deliveries of factory-built ATR 72-600Fs and Cessna SkyCourier 408 freighters to FedEx could be used to temporarily flex capacity, rather than to modernize it, as was previously planned. During a session on regional operations in North America at this year’s Cargo Facts Symposium, Scot Struminger, senior vice president of […]

Kalitta to modernize 747 fleet as 777-300ERSF launch operator

Kalitta Air has emerged as the launch operator for the freighter-converted 777-300ERSF and will lease three of the type from GECAS [FATs 005691-5693]. Kalitta told Cargo Facts the 777-300ERSFs will initially be used for growth, but in the long term will serve as replacements for the carrier’s older converted 747-400Fs. Kalitta Air has been evaluating […]

CFS: EFW upgrades max weight on A321-200P2F following service entry

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has upped the gross payload of its A321P2F conversion program, just as the first aircraft enters into service. The company has achieved weight savings of over a tonne, enabling an upgrade in gross payload to 28 tonnes (62,000 lbs), Wolfgang Schmid, vice president of sales and marketing for Airbus freighter conversions at […]
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