Atlas looks to moderate fleet growth as tariffs sting in 2Q19

Despite a 10.5% year-over-year increase in block hours flown in 2Q19 across the company’s ACMI and Charter segments, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reported operating revenues that were nearly flat for the quarter (-0.3%) at $664 million. Company CEO Bill Flynn acknowledged on an earnings call with analysts that the third tranche of tariffs that went […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 1, 2019

Cathay freighters to carry lithium batteries again

Standalone lithium-ion batteries can once again be carried by Cathay Pacific Cargo on its freighter aircraft, after the carrier developed and introduced a fire-containment bag. Shipments of standalone lithium-ion batteries are a significant driver of freighter traffic, especially given the growth of e-commerce and personal electronic devices. Under a provision adopted by the ICAO Council […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 1, 2019

The 5 freighter-converted 767-300Fs Amazon will add in 2019

Today, a 767-300BDSF (24035, ex-American Airlines) departed Tel Aviv (TLV) where, following conversion to freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group, the aircraft was ferried to Shannon (SNN) ahead of redelivery to ATSG’s leasing affiliate, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) [FAT 005077]. The aircraft will soon make its way to the United States where, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 31, 2019

Third NCA 747-400F arrives for maintenance before reentering CMI service with Atlas

The third and final 747-400F (36133) to be reactivated by Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) arrived in Taipei (TPE) at around 16:10 local time today, ahead of planned maintenance at the Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp. (EGAT) facility at the airport. The aircraft was ferried from Victorville (VCV), where it had been stored since November 2018, to […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 31, 2019

Qatar Airways takes delivery of 17th 777F, aims for 21 by year end

After completing a series of flight tests around Boeing’s Everett, WA factory last week, a 777F (66335) has just minutes ago departed Everett’s Paine Field (PAE) for Doha, Qatar (DOH) on delivery to Qatar Airways [FAT 005075]. The carrier has also accelerated delivery plans for four outstanding 777Fs on firm order with Boeing and expects […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 30, 2019

No 747-8F upgauge yet for Qantas Freight

1 August 2019: This post has been updated to reflect additionally commentary Atlas Air provided during a 2Q earnings call with analysts. Two Atlas Air 747-400Fs (29253 and 29254) that had been flying on an ACMI basis for Qantas Freight ceased operations on Sunday as part of a planned transition to larger 747-8Fs. Surprisingly, they […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 30, 2019

Kalitta secures contract with DHL for 777F ops

US-based Kalitta Air’s first 777F (35607, ex-Emirates) will begin flying routes for DHL Express on an ACMI basis next month, the carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts. The aircraft was delivered last month, on lease from DAE Capital [FAT 004938]. Earlier this week, photos of the aircraft in Kalitta Air livery with a DHL tail surfaced […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 29, 2019

Delayed 737 MAX deliveries for Ryanair cuts into 737-800 conversion feedstock

Ryanair Holdings revised the number of 737 MAX aircraft it expects to be operating in its fleet by Summer 2020 from fifty-eight to just thirty, the company announced today concurrently with the release of its Q1 FY2020 earnings, ended 30 June. Along with MAX deliveries, the carrier had planned to gradually retire some of the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 29, 2019
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