21 Air nabs Aeromexico ACMI contract from ABX Air

Beginning in Q419, U.S.-based cargo specialist carrier 21 Air will begin providing lift for Aeroméxico Cargo on an ACMI basis using its fleet of 767-200BDSFs. Based on the planned routes, 21 Air appears to be taking over flying that is currently handled by ATSG-affiliate ABX Air. At present, ABX Air operates a 767-200BDSF (22785) in […]

LATAM inducts third 767 for conversion into BCF

LATAM Cargo has inducted what will be its third 767-300BCF for conversion at the ST Engineering Aerospace facility in Singapore’s Paya Lebar Air Base (QPG), Boeing and LATAM both confirmed to Cargo Facts [FAT 005096]. The aircraft (34629) is the final outstanding BCF LATAM currently has on order with Boeing. Unit 34629 was delivered to […]

CRJ conversions not affected by Bombardier’s sale of program

The sale of Bombardier’s CRJ program and its subsequent termination is not expected to have any material effect on Aeronautical Engineers, Inc.’s (AEI) own CRJ passenger-to-freighter conversion program, the conversion house told Cargo Facts. Bombardier announced in June that it was selling off the CRJ program to Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, with the remaining backlog […]

Uni-Top Airlines acquires Suparna 747-400BDSF

Wuhan-based Uni-Top Airlines acquired a 747-400BDSF (25207, ex-Suparna Airlines) [FAT 005100]. The aircraft transfer surfaced in a recent application for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit filed with the US Department of Transportation. In its application, Uni-Top requested permission to operate flights between Wuhan (WUH) and Chicago (ORD) via Anchorage (ANC) with a “747-400F.” Until recently, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 19, 2019

767 transactions dominate July Freighter Aircraft Transactions

Of the 51 freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) recorded in July 2019, 35% involved 767s, the workhorse for domestic express and e-commerce in the United States, and increasingly, globally. Both production freighters and conversions saw an uptick in activity for the month with deliveries of two new-build 767Fs, one each to US-based integrators FedEx and UPS. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 16, 2019

CRJ conversions not affected by Bombardier’s sale of program

The sale of Bombardier’s CRJ program and its subsequent termination is not expected to have any material effect on Aeronautical Engineers, Inc.’s (AEI) own CRJ passenger-to-freighter conversion program, the conversion house told Cargo Facts. Bombardier announced in June that it was selling off the CRJ program to Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, with the remaining backlog […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 16, 2019

Korean Air’s 2018 freighter fleet reductions buoy yields amid market weakness in 1H19

Korean Air reported 1H19 cargo traffic down 10.7% year-over-year, to 3.6 billion FTKs on headwinds from the US-China trade war. A precipitous drop in yields or load factors was avoided by capacity reductions, including the removal of two 747-400Fs from its freighter fleet in 3Q18, which led to a 2.8% y-o-y drop in cargo capacity […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 15, 2019

Hawaiian adds third ATR 72-200F

Hawaiian Airlines has taken redelivery of a third ATR 72-200F for subsidiary ‘Ohana and deployed the aircraft (432, ex-First Air) in revenue service yesterday, flying from Honolulu (HNL) to Lihue (LIH) [FAT 005060]. All of ‘Ohana’s ATRs are operated by Idaho-based Empire Airlines. Empire tells Cargo Facts that unit 432, which was inducted for conversion […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 15, 2019

Freighter fleet growth pushes Atlas, Qatar and Turkish higher in 2018 traffic rankings

Yesterday, part I of our two-part analysis of the world's top 50 cargo carriers in 2018 revealed three carriers, Atlas Air Group, Qatar Airways and Turkish Cargo, that had made notable increases in rank among the top 50. For each of the three carriers, a growing freighter fleet led to higher traffic. Today, we take […]
  • Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee
  • August 14, 2019

Cargo Air to postpone 737 freighter conversions

Bulgaria-based Cargo Air still holds firm orders for two 737-800BCFs along with two options but has agreed with Boeing to postpone the agreement for another two years to 2023 because the 737 MAX issues are causing 737-800 feedstock prices to remain high, the carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts. When the price is right, Cargo Air might consider […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 14, 2019

22 of top 25 cargo carriers operated freighters in 2018

Among the world’s top twenty-five cargo carriers in 2018, ranked by freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) carried, twenty-two of twenty-five carriers operated freighters. Expand the list to the top fifty cargo airlines and thirty-three carriers operated freighters. The remaining 34%, mostly comprised of mainline carriers with large widebody passenger fleets, made the list without significant maindeck […]
  • Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee
  • August 13, 2019
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