Air France ACMI leases Cargolux 747 during 777F maintenance

Cargolux has been flying one of its 747-400Fs for Air France on an ACMI basis since 21 July while one of the French carrier’s 777Fs (32966) undergoes planned heavy maintenance [FAT 005095]. Air France KLM Martinair Cargo confirmed to Cargo Facts that the ACMI deal will last until unit 32966 completes the maintenance work in […]

Qantas to add A321P2Fs, but from whom?

Australian carrier Qantas will introduce up to three passenger-to-freighter converted A321s to its fleet, as part of an expanded seven-year agreement signed with Australia Post [FATs 005092-5093]. With the first aircraft entering into service in October 2020, the A321P2Fs will be flying exclusively for Australia Post, which has had an airmail agreement with Qantas since […]

FedEx takes delivery of 767-300F, retires MD-10-10F

In a one-two punch, FedEx swiftly took delivery of a 767-300F (63109) from Boeing, and subsequently retired an MD-10-10F (48263) [FATs 005089, 5091]. Although FedEx has long labeled 767-300Fs a replacement for its ageing MD-10F fleet, in the six years since FedEx took delivery of its first 767-300F in September 2013 (42706), the carrier has […]

Lufthansa Cargo parks MD-11F in its first freighter retirement of 2019 [VIDEO]

Earlier this week, Lufthansa Cargo parked an MD-11F (48785) [FAT 005089]. The aircraft was ferried from its hub in Frankfurt (FRA) to Victorville (VCV) for storage. The retirement was the first of two MD-11Fs Lufthansa Cargo plans to withdraw from service this year, after which, a total of ten MD-11Fs will remain in the carrier’s […]

Amazon petitions FAA for commercial drone ops exemption 

In addition to wide- and narrowbody freighters joining the Amazon Air fleet, Prime Air drones may soon begin delivering Amazon purchases directly to customer doorsteps. Next in the series of the broader air cargo industry’s commercial drone saga, Amazon Prime Air submitted a petition to the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday that, if […]

CAAC warning could impact Cathay Pacific’s cargo ops

HONG KONG – The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has just issued what it called a “severe safety warning” to Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific in response to what it perceived as “safety risks recently exposed” by the airline. If enforced, the warning could impact not only flights connecting mainland China, but potentially Cathay flights passing through […]

Found: a new home for a stored China Airlines 747-400F?

On 5 August, a China Airlines 747-400F (30762) was removed from long-term storage at Victorville (VCV), where it had been parked since February 2012, and was ferried to the carrier’s hub in Taipei (TPE). Cargo Facts believes that the aircraft will likely be leased to a third party following heavy maintenance. Last year, AMS Aircraft […]

China Postal receives first 737-800BCF

Earlier this week, China Postal Airlines took redelivery of its first 737-800BCF (30786, ex-China Southern Airlines), on lease from BBAM [FATs 005087-005088]. The air arm of China Post expects to become the first 737-800BCF operator in China, though we note it was not actually the first Chinese carrier to take redelivery of a -800BCF. That […]
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