El Al ceases 747 freighter ops, looks to AirBridge and ASL for charters [VIDEO]

On 30 June, an El Al-operated 747-400F (26563) landed at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) on completion of a final commercial flight that originated in Liege, Belgium (LGG). El Al yesterday confirmed that it is retiring the freighter after nine years in service [FAT 005038]. Despite the retirement of the Israel-based carrier’s only freighter, El Al […]

UPS receives 12th 747-8F and celebrates 50th anniversary of the Queen of the Skies

UPS took delivery of its twelfth 747-8F (64262) late last week [FAT 005036]. While UPS is part of a select group of carriers to operate the -8F, this particular aircraft is unique in that it features a special decal near the nose, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Boeing 747, as can be seen from […]

Flynn retiring as Atlas CEO, with Dietrich to assume the role in 2020

Today, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings announced that President and Chief Executive Officer William Flynn will retire from the company at the end of this year. Flynn will become chairman of the board upon his retirement.   Atlas’ current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, John Dietrich, will take Flynn’s place. Dietrich has been appointed president of the company effective immediately and will assume Flynn’s CEO role […]

Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of its 10th 777F

Last week, Ethiopian Airlines announced on social media that it had taken delivery of its tenth 777F, MSN 65477, which was ferried from Boeing’s Paine Field (PAE) to Addis Ababa (ADD) [FAT 005028]. While Ethiopian’s cargo division has taken redelivery of at least two converted freighters so far this year, this is the first production […]

The narrowbody freighter fleet part III: 757-200F dominates in express

Today we conclude our analysis of the worldwide fleet of narrowbody jet freighters with a look at the fleet on a type-by-type basis, with a focus on express vs. general cargo, and then by regional distribution. You can read part I on the overall composition of the fleet here, and part II on the passenger-to-freighter […]
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