Execs from Flexport and Polar on the outlook for Asia Pacific air cargo [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia Symposium held last week in Shanghai, executives from Flexport and Polar Air Cargo were optimistic on the prospects of a rebound for Asian Air Cargo. Recognizing the “depressing story” that has unfurled during the first quarter of 2019, Neel Jones Shah, EVP & […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 25, 2019

The first 7 operators of 737 NG freighters

Earlier this week, Atran Airlines, the express carrier subsidiary of Russia-based Volga Dnepr Group, announced it successfully added its first 737-800BCF to its AOC (32616, ex-Nok Air), on lease from GECAS. Atran has become the seventh 737 NG operator, since Bedek redelivered the first freighter-converted 737-700 in September 2017. Today, there are three active conversion […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • March 22, 2019

AEI awarded STC for 737-800SF, redelivery to Ethiopian expected shortly [VIDEO]

This week, US-based Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) was awarded an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the conversion of passenger 737-800 airframes to freighter configuration. Redelivery of the first freighter-converted 737-800SF (29121, ex-Correndon Airlines) to launch operator Ethiopian Airlines is expected in a matter of weeks. Touch labor for AEI’s second 737-800SF (32613, ex-China Southern […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 14, 2019

Boeing’s autonomous aircraft prototype completes first flight [VIDEO]

A prototype autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV), developed by Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences under the leadership of the Boeing NeXt division, successfully completed its first test flight in Virginia this week. Although the PAV is designed for passenger transport, the technology presents major opportunities for the future of autonomous and remote pilot cargo operations. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 25, 2019

AirBridgeCargo to add 747-8F via financing from US lessor [VIDEO]

US-based lessor Aviation Capital Group (ACG) will structure, arrange and guarantee a senior loan covering part of the purchase price of a 747-8F Boeing is scheduled to deliver to AirBridgeCargo Airlines next month. The transaction is the first made under ACG’s Aircraft Financing Solutions program, the lessor said in a statement today announcing the loan. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 18, 2019

European metal part II: Twin-aisle, remove the aisle

Yesterday, part I of “European metal” provided an overview of the narrowbody jet freighter fleet in service with European operators. Part II continues with an overview of the region’s widebody freighter fleet. Turning now to the widebody freighter fleet in service with European carriers, the region is home to approximately one-fifth of the global freighter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 7, 2018

Freighter fleet analysis part I: European metal

Were “innovation” to be defined by a cargo airline’s propensity to add the latest production and conversion freighter models, airlines in Europe would do quite well. Unfortunately, that remains a rather unconventional way to define innovation. Still, over the course of 2018, carriers with European Air Operator Certificates (AOC) have surfaced as early adopters of […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 6, 2018
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