Tianjin Air Cargo outlines plans to become a major integrator

Last week, Shanghai-based Suparna Airlines announced it was selling two 737-400Fs to its sister carrier, Tianjin Air Cargo (previously translated from Chinese into English as Tianjin Cargo Airlines) in a transaction valued at US $14.5 million [FATs 004302 – 4303]. Once the aircraft transfer is complete, Tianjin Air Cargo will have the three aircraft it […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 26, 2018

West Atlantic secures a customer for its four forthcoming 737-800BCFs

In June 2017, Sweden-based dedicated cargo carrier West Atlantic agreed to lease four Boeing-converted 737-800BCFs from lessor GECAS. Earlier this week, the carrier announced that all four aircraft will be operated “on behalf of an express logistics provider, in its current EU-network.” Although West Atlantic has not revealed the identity of the “express logistics provider,” […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 23, 2018

The next big freighter?

What are the widebody freighter options going to be five years from now? As things stand today, those options look to be diminishing rapidly. There are currently four active production freighter programs: Airbus offers the A330-200F, while Boeing offers the 767-300F, 777F and 747-8F. But not only is the clock ticking on all four of […]
  • David Harris
  • March 22, 2018

FedEx reaps benefits of tax cuts in 3Q18

FedEx reported operating income down 2.3% y-o-y, to $1.01 billion in the third quarter of its 2018 fiscal year, despite revenues that were up 10.2% to $16.53 billion. The charts at right and below show FedEx’s results as reported, with net income up 269% to $2.07 billion, thanks in part to a $1.15 billion remeasurement […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 21, 2018

Freighters, and a new logistics venture, for Brazil’s Azul

In late December last year, Brazil-based airline Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras issued a joint press release with Correios (the country’s postal service), announcing their plan to form “an integrated logistics solutions company,” with operations to begin in the first half of 2018. At that point, the plan was in the form of a non-binding Memorandum […]
  • David Harris
  • March 20, 2018

Demand grows in Hong Kong and Singapore

When we published our first look at February cargo demand last week there were still a few of the major players to be heard from – Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airlines, and Hong Kong International Airport in Asia; and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Europe. All four of those laggards have now published their February data, […]
  • David Harris
  • March 20, 2018

Vietjet Air Cargo in search of 737-400Fs

Since commencing operations in December 2011, Hanoi-based VietJet Air has rapidly expanded its passenger aircraft fleet to fifty-four A320/A321-family aircraft. But the growth doesn’t stop there – the ambitious carrier has outstanding orders for one-hundred 737 MAX 200s and seventy-eight A321s. Of greater interest, however, is that freighters may finally be in the cards for […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 19, 2018

Up-close with Southwest Airlines’ Dallas cargo operations

DALLAS — After this week’s World Cargo Symposium in Dallas, the Cargo Facts team headed to Dallas Love Field (DAL) for our flight back to Seattle. However, our first stop — much to our driver’s confusion — took us not to departures, but to the Southwest Airlines Cargo office. There, cargo customer service manager Tracy Asher demonstrated the […]
  • CarynLivingston
  • March 16, 2018
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