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 […]

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 […]

FAA, Boeing backpedal on repair approval hurdle for freighter conversions

Boeing and the FAA have come to terms on how to approve structural repairs for freighter conversions and other aircraft altered by a non-Boeing STC, as long as the repair does not encompass an area affected by the STC. Earlier this month, Boeing told customers that STC holders would be responsible for approving all structural […]

ASL Airlines Belgium to lease China Airlines 747-400F

A 747-400F (30762, ex-China Airlines) will soon join the ASL Airlines Belgium fleet, Cargo Facts has learned [FAT 005217]. Previously the aircraft had been in long-term storage at Victorville (VCV), where China Airlines has two other 747-400Fs in storage (30760 and 30761). The reactivation pushes the stored 747-400F fleet even lower. Cargo Facts estimates there are now just four 747-400F […]

Royal Air Maroc considering additional 767-300Fs

After more than a year of widebody freighter operations, which began in June 2018 with a 767-300BCF, Casablanca-based Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is preparing to expand its freighter network and fleet. Over the next few years the carrier plans to add freighters, Salim Quouninich, VP Cargo, Royal Air Maroc, told Cargo Facts. Although a decision […]

DHL replaces Air Hong Kong A300F with A330F

DHL Express has swapped out an Air Hong Kong A300-600F (683, ex-Japan Airlines) for the newly converted A330-300P2F (231, ex-Thai Airways) that was redelivered in early September 2019. After operating a rotation between Hong Kong (HKG) and Taipei (TPE), unit 683 was ferried to Dresden (DRS) on Oct. 19 via Dubai (DWC). Meanwhile, unit 231, […]

CFS 2019: Program delays and tight feedstock supply constrain in-flux narrowbody conversion market

SAN DIEGO – Conversion houses and OEMs have developed, or are in various stages of developing, a new generation of narrowbody freighter conversion programs based on the A320-family and 737-NG platforms. Although operator demand remains strong, redeliveries have yet to reach their full potential, according to panelists on a conversion panel last week at Cargo […]

GECAS and IAI partner to launch 777P2F program

SAN DIEGO – GECAS and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced the joint launch of a 777-300ER passenger-to-freighter conversion program yesterday, just as delegates began arriving here for Cargo Facts Symposium 2019. More than just a customer for the program, along with IAI, GECAS is co-funding the development of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the […]
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