National Airlines awakens 747F from seven-year slumber

Florida-headquartered National Airlines has brought a 747-400BCF (26547, ex-Cathay Pacific) out of long-term storage at Marana (MZJ) and will soon deploy it into service. The aircraft, which had been parked at MZJ since 2013, was ferried July 27 to San Antonio (SAT) where, according to National, it will undergo heavy maintenance for approximately forty-five days. […]

SkyPallet adds capacity optimization features as customer base grows

Carriers were swift to reconfigure passenger cabins and storage areas into cargo-friendly spaces amid the COVID-19 capacity crunch, and now they’re looking to further optimize those spaces, according to start-up Wiremind, which in 2017 launched its air cargo revenue-optimization platform, SkyPallet. The software, which already counts a number of major cargo players as its customers […]

June cargo traffic hints at mild recovery

Cargo capacity and demand showed signs of recovery in June, according to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) latest monthly airfreight analysis. However, the resumption of economic activity after lockdowns has led to only modest improvements, as passenger operations are recovering much more slowly and a major demand rebound has yet to materialize. Overall, global […]

New freighter additions spotted

Several widebody freighter aircraft poised to be added to operators’ fleets have been snapped by photographers around the world. First, it appears that Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group plans to add the 777F platform, after all. A 777F has been newly painted into AirBridgeCargo (ABC) colors at Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility, as seen in this photo posted […]

EFW plans for more pax-freighter ops with in-cabin cargo container

German MRO and conversion house Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has launched in-cabin cargo container boxes, a new product allowing airlines operating reconfigured passenger planes to increase cargo storage capacity in the main cabin. The global logistics industry has adjusted to the reduced capacity spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic with additional freighter aircraft charters and other means, […]

Emergency AD mandates new engine inspections for stored 737s

An emergency airworthiness directive (AD) issued today by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires inspections of the engine bleed air fifth stage check valve on all 737 Classic and NG aircraft that have not been operated in flight for seven or more consecutive days, or have been operated for ten or fewer flight cycles since […]

Conversion outlook: How many retired 767s will end up as freighters?

How many of the 280 operable 767-300ERs under age twenty-six are destined to become twenty-four pallet 767-300Fs? The pandemic may be changing the calculus.  Of the younger-vintage 767-300ERs, just 102 aircraft are currently active, according to data from ch-aviation. More than half (146) are currently in storage, twenty-six are in maintenance, and six are in conversion.   […]

3 trends in July passenger-freighter operations

Some regions continue to see an expansion of cargo-only operations utilizing passenger aircraft, despite falling demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) to combat COVID-19 and the resumption of some international passenger flights. As the capacity and commodity mix evolves, here are three trends Cargo Facts has gleaned from analysis of passenger freighter flights in July: […]
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