Letter from the Cargo Facts Chairman

Dear Community Member, Since its launch in 1995, the Cargo Facts Symposium has singularly brought together the disparate members of the global airfreight and freighter aircraft community, not just to engage in business discussions but because Cargo Facts attendees are a family. Some come back year after year, as much to check in on friends as to pursue business […]

IAI redelivers two 767-300BDSFs to CAM

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has redelivered two freshly converted 767-300BDSFs to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), the leasing arm of ATSG, after another 767-300 (29429, ex-American), arrived May 28 at IAI’s facility in Tel Aviv (TLV) to undergo conversion into freighter configuration [FATs 005443-005446]. The first of the two freighters (29229, ex-LATAM), which arrived at TLV in August […]

Absent the bellyhold, freighter fleet can’t handle cargo demand

The International Air Transport Association released its airfreight market analysis for April 2020, showing a 27.7% year-over-year drop in worldwide cargo traffic, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (CTKs), the steepest decline ever to be recorded by IATA. Traffic was lower not only as a result of weakening underlying demand from industrial sectors, but in response […]

Volga-Dnepr and Boeing in legal spat over order backlog

Volga-Dnepr Group, through its U.K. affiliate, is motioning for a temporary restraining order against Boeing in an attempt to reclaim delivery rights to a 747-8F and three 777Fs Boeing began remarketing earlier this year, after the group signaled earlier this year that it was no longer in a position to take delivery of the aircraft. […]

KlasJet enters freighter market with leased Bluebird 737-300F

Iceland-based Bluebird Nordic has subleased its sole remaining 737-300BDSF (25263, ex-Frontier) to sister airline KlasJet as it looks to consolidate its fleet around the 737-400F platform [FAT 005439]. Bluebird confirmed to Cargo Facts that unit 25263 will be in service with KlasJet in the longer term, as opposed to a more temporary arrangement during the COVID-19 […]

Operator mix expands with new own-controlled networks

The number of carriers operating on a CMI-basis on behalf of e-commerce and/or express companies in the United States grew by two in the first half of the year, with Phoenix-headquartered iAero Airways and Minneapolis-based Sun Country Airlines becoming the second and third U.S.-based 737-800Fs operators, respectively. In early May, DHL added iAero as a new […]

Georgian startup to launch with first freighter

Georgia-based Easycharter plans to launch operations with its first freighter in June. The startup carrier took redelivery of an A300B4-200F (210, ex-AeroUnion) in February [FAT 005435] and confirmed to Cargo Facts that it owns the aircraft, which carried out a short test flight for crew familiarization and training purposes May 25. The aircraft, which is […]
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