Weekly Wrap: Here come the A321 freighters

The A321F has very much been the star of the past week, with the first aircraft converted to freighter configuration by 321 Precision Conversions taking flight, the first EFW frame leaving Singapore on delivery, and a new operator committing to the platform.   In this Cargo Facts Connect episode, Senior Editor Charles Kauffman and Associate Editor Jeff Lee discuss these developments and look ahead to […]

Weekly Wrap: The new ATR freighter, plus an update on passenger freighters [Video]

This week, Cargo Facts saw the first production ATR freighter take flight, marking a key milestone in the development of this new feeder freighter that will start being delivered to FedEx in 2021. Meanwhile, six months after airlines began flying passenger aircraft as freighters, the total number of these flights has grown to the tens of […]

Weekly Wrap: A look back at the rise of Amazon Air [Video]

This week, the first 767-300ER registered directly to Amazon surfaced in the FAA registry. From its early days of launching a trial network in the fall of 2015, Amazon Air has quickly built up its network of own-controlled capacity, and is on track to operate a fleet of at least eighty-one aircraft by the end […]

Cargo Facts Connect: Cargo’s role in recovering passenger operations [VIDEO]

This week, Cargo Facts responded to growing reader interest in cargo’s role amid the gradual recovery of the passenger aviation business. In the video below, Cargo Facts editors Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee discuss whether temporary combi aircraft might fly, and look to some of the options available to carriers for maximizing cargo carriage on […]

Cargo Facts Connect: Volga v. Boeing, more Amazon freighters

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr has now been denied its motion for a temporary restraining order to stop Boeing from selling a 747-8F and three 777Fs that were originally destined for AirBridgeCargo. And notably, Amazon announced the addition of more 767-300Fs to its already significant fleet of freighters, and GECAS and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will soon kick […]

Cargo Facts Connect: Carriers add capacity with passenger-freighter reconfigurations

At least twenty-two carriers have reconfigured close to seventy passenger aircraft, and Cargo Facts this week released an update to its new Passenger-Freighter Database that illustrates the degree to which passenger aircraft have been modified to boost capacity to carry cargo . In the video below, Cargo Facts editors Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee discuss […]

Pandemic to boost feedstock availability for conversions [VIDEO]

Although passenger aviation faces the grim reality that it may take two to three years for traffic to bounce back to 2019 levels, feedstock for new and upcoming conversion programs, such as the 737-800 and A321-200, will soon be available at price points viable for conversion, said Doug Kelly, senior vice president of asset valuation […]
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