No 747-8F upgauge yet for Qantas Freight

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 have been replaced not by two 747-8Fs, but with another two Atlas 747-400Fs (30588 and 32840). According to a statement by Atlas […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
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