Cargolux closes JOLCO on another 747F

Luxembourg-based Cargolux has closed a Japanese operating lease with call option (JOLCO) transaction for another 747-400ERF. This is the airline’s third JOLCO, having concluded the first such transaction this January. Under the JOLCO, Cargolux has the option to purchase the aircraft during or at the end of the lease. According to Cargolux, the London Branch of […]

JAL looks to partnerships for freighter capacity with Kalitta codeshare

US-based Kalitta Air has begun placing a Japan Airlines flight number on three weekly round trips between Chicago (NRT) and Narita (NRT), operated by a 747-400F. That aircraft appears to be unit 26414, a 747-400F Kalitta acquired from Korean Air about a year ago. The service departs ORD every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and leaves […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]
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