7 airlines with the most cargo-only flights

Faced with shrinking route networks, airlines began using passenger widebody passenger aircraft solely to transport cargo in March. Now, almost six months later, these operations are not only ongoing at many of the world’s major airlines, but represent a financial lifeline against the slow recovery of the passenger market. Tens of thousands of cargo-only flights […]

Engines amid Covid-19: green time for less green?

On numerous occasions last year, freighter redeliveries were delayed and test flights for new programs awaiting certifications were postponed. The culprit? The engines. Feedstock deemed suitable for conversion isn’t always equipped with engines that fit the needs of the cargo market, and the assets often trade separately. “Even weeks after converting the aircraft to freighter […]

Aerotranscargo continues 747 growth

Moldova-based Aerotranscargo has expanded its all-747 fleet by acquiring another freighter-converted -400BDSF [FAT 005622]. The aircraft (25075, ex-Air Cargo Global) was reactivated after almost a year of storage in Liege (LGG). Unit 25075 was spotted arriving at Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN) on Sept. 11 under its new Moldovan registration. The 747 had been grounded at LGG since […]

Pelita begins charter ops with second ATR 72F

Indonesia-based Pelita Air Service has begun operating its second ATR 72-500F. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that the aircraft (705, ex-Mistral Air) is on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital and is being chartered by Angkasa Pura Logistics (APLOG), under an arrangement similar to Pelita’s first ATR 72-500F (746, ex-Veling), which is owned and began […]

GAMECO lands latest in string of 737 conversion line additions

Boeing plans to establish add another conversion line at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Ltd. (GAMECO), the planemaker announced on its official Weibo account. Beginning in 2021, the facility will have the capability to simultaneously convert up to two 737-800s according to Boeing’s STC. The MRO started converting 737-800BCFs this May, when BBAM inducted the first […]

ACT reassigns 747-400Fs from Saudia to Turkish

Turkish Airlines has added more freighter capacity through two 747-400BDSFs operated on an ACMI basis by Turkey-based ACT Airlines. The aircraft (25641 and 25645, both ex-ANA) were both previously operated for Saudia Cargo [FATs 005617-005620]. At the end of August, the two 747s were brought back to Istanbul (ISL) from Saudi Arabia and repainted into ACT’s […]

Atlas Air’s Michael Steen added to Cargo Facts Symposium speaker faculty

Cargo Facts is pleased to announce that Michael Steen, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Atlas Air Worldwide, will be speaking at Cargo Facts Symposium 2020. Steen will speak on a virtual roundtable session dedicated to the topic of widebody freighters, titled, “Big birds and plenty of pallets: Will renewed interest in widebody […]

SprintAir to introduce first ATR 72-500F

Poland-based SprintAir has added its first ATR 72-500 to its fleet. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that the newly acquired aircraft (686, ex-HOP) is being converted into freighter configuration at its own maintenance facility in Warsaw (WAW) [FATs 005578-005579]. SprintAir said it had selected unit 686 after an “extensive” market search for a good candidate […]
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