A new airline from Volga-Dnepr? And new freighters?

MADRID — Volga-Dnepr Group is planning to launch a new airline based in Leipzig, Germany, with some of the twelve AN-124 freighters in its fleet. Slava Shakhov, a Commercial Manager at Moscow-based Volga-Dnepr Group, told Cargo Facts today that the company is planning to overhaul “at least three” of its An-124s – and that those […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • November 29, 2017

FedEx launches another new freighter program

FedEx, which just two weeks ago placed a launch order for ATR’s new 72-600F production freighter, today announced a fifty-unit launch order for Textron’s new Cessna SkyCourier 408, with options for another fifty. The SkyCourier is a twin turboprop aircraft which, in passenger configuration will carry nineteen passengers, and in freighter configuration will have a […]
  • David Harris
  • November 28, 2017

Global shopping holidays continue to smash records

“11.11” which falls on 11 November, “Black Friday” the first Friday following Thanksgiving, and Cyber Monday, the Monday directly following Black Friday are all shopping holidays that began as regional events, but are now marketed and promoted around the globe. Each mouse click thrusts inventory replenishment, and in some cases expedited delivery requirements provide a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 28, 2017

Just how many freighters will China need in 2036?

Looking ahead, China is expected to be one of the most promising markets for freighter aircraft, as the country’s rapidly-growing middle class continues to drive demand for high-value commodities which move by air. In parallel, the government’s outwardly-focused ‘Belt and Road’ initiative encourage domestic carriers to establish new routes, which in turn translates into demand […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 27, 2017

EFW’s A330-300P2F receives EASA certification

EFW, the MRO and conversion joint venture of ST Aerospace and Airbus, received supplemental type certification (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency for it passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the A330-300. The conformity aircraft (116) will be redelivered soon to launch customer DHL Express, which will hand it over to ASL Airlines Ireland for operation […]
  • David Harris
  • November 24, 2017

Freighter Aircraft Transactions (through 24 November 2017)

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is available to […]
  • David Harris
  • November 23, 2017

Tianjin Cargo Airlines prepares to fly, as HNA looks to the future

China-based all-cargo startup Tianjin Cargo Airlines received certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and will likely start service in early 2018. The carrier is a joint venture among three consortia (Tianjin Aviation Logistics Development Co., Ltd., Sky Holdings Co., Ltd., and Yang Hang Investment) that are controlled by heavy-hitting players in the industry, […]
  • David Harris
  • November 22, 2017

747 freighters for SF Express

The scramble for long-haul lift continues, with SF Express acquiring two 747-400ERFs. Two months ago, we posted about three 747-400ERFs, parked since Jade Cargo International went bankrupt in late 2011, that were put up for auction on Alibaba’s Taobao website. (Read the post here.) Yes, that’s right, after you had ordered your new smartphone, and […]
  • David Harris
  • November 21, 2017
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