Cainiao hires Atlas 747F to bridge Asia and Latin America

This month, Atlas Air commenced weekly flights to Sao Paulo (GRU) and Santiago (SCL) from Hong Kong (HKG) utilizing a 747-400F (29260). The flight segments are chartered by a partnership between Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, Cainiao, and freight forwarder Sinotrans, Cargo Facts has learned. Starting next week, Atlas will add a second weekly frequency between Asia […]

JD expands 737-300F charter operation

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has begun a second own-controlled route under its partnership with Loong Air. The Zhejiang-based carrier started flying a 737-300F (27518, ex-Air China) chartered by JD between Wuxi (WUX) and Tianjin (TSN) on June 16, ahead of JD’s June 18 anniversary sale event. Unit 27518, which features JD Express branding and offers 130 cubic […]

ACE Belgium Freighters resolves name dispute, to fly as Challenge Airlines

ACE Belgium Freighters is working with regulators in Belgium and the United States to change its name to Challenge Airlines (BE) S.A. The new name will put to rest a trademark dispute with U.S.-based Alaska Central Express, and is expected to advance the carrier’s receipt of a foreign air carrier permit from the U.S. Department […]

Longtail Aviation enters freighter market with 747-400F

Bermuda-based Longtail Aviation, the territory’s sole holder of an air operator’s certificate, has become the latest 747-operator with the addition of its first freighter, a -400F (27503) previously in service with Cargolux. The aircraft is being leased from U.A.E.-based Aquiline International [FAT 005463-005464]. For Longtail, which had been offering VIP charter services for around seventeen […]

Startup Airflow unveils short-takeoff cargo aircraft

San Francisco-based aircraft startup Airflow this week unveiled the unique concept for a hybrid electric cargo plane capable of taking off and landing on runways just 300 feet in length. The single-pilot aircraft is designed for middle-mile logistics operations and could serve as a faster alternative to trucks, flying from 50-200 miles between airports and […]

Colibri Aero and J&C Aero launch cabin cargo containers

Aircraft component provider Colibri Aero and cabin modification specialist J&C Aero have developed the first permanent cargo containers for the passenger cabins of widebody aircraft. Unlike other temporary cabin reconfigurations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the containers are intended to remain installed on passenger aircraft. According to the two companies, the containers can be used on […]

Idled Dash 8 fleet crowds conversion market

With passenger services to remote locations cut off or dramatically reduced as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, proposals to utilize turboprop aircraft for cargo-only missions have surged.   In response to operator requests for temporary cargo reconfigurations, aircraft converters — and OEMs in particular — have turned to the Dash 8 platform. These temporary solutions now complement a sizable […]
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