Air Hawaii Cargo prepares for launch as 747-400Fs reenter service

Hawaii-based startup carrier Air Hawaii Cargo this week announced plans to launch twice-weekly trans-Pacific freighter services. Starting on 31 July, the flights will connect Los Angeles (LAX) and Hong Kong (HKG) on Wednesdays and Fridays via Honolulu (HNL) utilizing a 747-400F, according to a release from Air Hawaii Cargo. Given the company does not have […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 26, 2019

Third Asia Pacific Airlines 757F arrives in Hawaii

Guam-based Asia Pacific Airlines’ third 757-200PCF (25140, ex-OpenSkies) arrived in Honolulu (HNL) on Sunday and has started conformity inspections with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The airline told Cargo Facts that it is expecting the aircraft to be able to enter service next Friday. Unit 25140 completed conversion with Precision Aircraft Solutions at the Flightstar […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 26, 2019

Boeing freighters continue to sell well amidst 737 MAX and 777X challenges

Boeing sold more freighters than passenger aircraft during the second quarter of 2019, according to the manufacturer’s Q2 results, with orders from FedEx for six 767-300Fs [FATs 005050-005056]. By contrast, Boeing only logged unidentified orders for four 737 MAX aircraft and one 787-9 from Air Lease Corporation. Although Boeing said that development and testing of a […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 25, 2019

Atlas Air begins operating 747F for Flexport amid forwarder’s legal spat with Western Global

On 7 July, Western Global Airlines (WGA) operated a 747-400BCF (26356) for Flexport’s own-controlled trans-Pacific operation for the last time. The following week, Atlas Air assumed control over the routes that bridge the forwarder’s Hong Kong (HKG) gateway with Los Angeles (LAX) and Chicago (ORD) using a factory-built 747-400F.  When the partnership between Western Global and Flexport was announced last year, the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 25, 2019

Mongolian startup adds first 737-300F to AOC, but will it make freighters work in Mongolia?

On July 20, a 737-300F (25172, ex-China Postal Airlines) landed in Ulaanbaatar (ULN) on delivery to startup carrier Mongolian Airways Cargo. Long-term plans call for the conversion of at least two more 737-300s to support continued growth of the fleet, a source familiar with the startup’s plans told Cargo Facts. Once operational, the aircraft will […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 24, 2019

Airwork places 757-200PCF with Swiftair

Spain-based Swiftair has taken redelivery of a 757-200PCF (24617, ex-American Airlines) on lease from New Zealand-based Airwork. The aircraft was converted at the AerSale facility in Goodyear, AZ (GYR), and was flown to Madrid (MAD) via Portsmouth, NH (PSM), and Shannon (SNN) [FATs 005069-005071]. This is the first 757-200PCF to be added by Swiftair since […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 24, 2019

UPS seeks airline-type status for long-distance drone deliveries

United Parcel Service is seeking approval to operate delivery drones under the same rules as a private jet service, unlocking the potential to carry health-care packages over long distances between hospitals. The company is working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to obtain Part 135 certification this year, a step toward freeing it from current commercial […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • July 23, 2019

IAI aims for 737-800BDSF STC by next month

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group is nearing the end of testing for its 737-800BDSF program and expects to receive the supplemental type certificate (STC) by the end of August 2019, the company tells Cargo Facts. Certification had previously been anticipated for May or June this year. Test flights with the first 737-800 to be […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 23, 2019
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