Speakers from Agility, ANA Cargo, Polar Air Cargo to take part in Cargo Facts Asia

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at the Cargo Facts Asia 2019 conference in Shanghai has grown to include Andy Vargoczky, SVP, Sales & Marketing, Asia-Pacific at Agility; Toshiya Tamada, EVP, Global Sales at ANA Cargo; and Kersti Krepp, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Asia-Pacific with Polar Air Cargo Worldwide. Andy Vargoczky heads […]

Sichuan Airlines prepares for launch with A330-200Fs

Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines has selected Brussels as the first international destination to be served by the carrier’s incoming A330-200Fs. Thrice-weekly flights are expected to launch before the end of April, according to Brussels Airport. Cargo Facts reported in May that three BOC Aviation owned A330-200Fs coming off lease with Qatar Airways would likely end up […]

Executives from Flexport, MAB Kargo, SF Express join Cargo Facts Asia speaker faculty

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at the Cargo Facts Asia 2019 conference in Shanghai has recently expanded to include George Li, group vice president of SF Express and president of SF Airlines; Neel Jones Shah, senior vice president and global head of airfreight at full-service air and ocean forwarder Flexport; and Ibrahim Mohamed Salleh, CEO of MAB Kargo. George […]

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 […]

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. […]

Ethiopian Airlines takes redelivery of first 737-800SF

Ethiopian Airlines has at last taken redelivery of the first-ever 737-800SF (29121) following its conversion to freighter configuration by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc., at the Commercial Jet Facility in Miami. The aircraft is on lease from GECAS, which has at least nineteen orders and options for additional 737-800 conversions with AEI, while Ethiopian has also agreed […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 4, 2019

China Southern to add two 777Fs, a sign combination carriers are hungry for freighters?

After a four-year period during which Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines’ twelve-unit 777F freighter fleet remained stable, growth has returned. China Southern converted an existing order with Boeing for the purchase of two 777-300ERs to the 777F freighter variant, the company announced in a notice that appeared on the Shanghai Stock Exchange today. Both aircraft will […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 1, 2019

String of deals in 4Q18 set ATSG up for growth in 2019

Yesterday, we considered how an application to the Department of Transportation revealed Air Transport Services Group’s (ATSG) desire to get into 777F operations through its subsidiary, Omni Air LLC. Today, we turn to ATSG’s 4Q18 results, which on the surface look disappointing, but actually position ATSG for significant growth in 2019 and 2020. The company […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 1, 2019

With a healthy pipeline of incoming 767Fs, ATSG now looking to 777F platform

Through a series of recent deals, Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) has secured rights to a stable pipeline of 767-300 feedstock, and as a result, the company’s CAM leasing subsidiary expects to add at least twenty-five freighter-converted 767-300Fs to its portfolio over the next three years. With the growth of the 767 platform already dialed-in […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 28, 2019

Oslo Airport fortifies role as seafood export hub with extra CAL Cargo service

Beginning tomorrow, Israel-based CAL Cargo Air Lines will double its capacity ex-Oslo Airport (OSL) with the addition of a second scheduled weekly 747-400 freighter service between OSL and Tel Aviv (TLV). CAL had previously operated one weekly service on Tuesdays, and the new Friday service is expected to add 3,500 tonnes of capacity per year for seafood […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 28, 2019

Dutch State to match France’s stake in Air France-KLM

In a move that came as a surprise to Air France-KLM’s Board and the French government, the Dutch State acquired a 12.68% stake in Air France-KLM Group, valued at US $774 million. In the near future, the Dutch Finance Ministry plans to match the French Government’s 14.3% stake in the holding company through the purchase […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 27, 2019

Air Algérie in the market for more freighters?

After receiving preliminary approval and a line of credit from Algeria’s National Investment Fund, Air Algérie (AH) is set to announce a tender call for the acquisition of up to nine aircraft, including two freighters, according to local media reports. A public announcement regarding the tender is expected within a matter of days. The incoming […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 26, 2019

Executives from Flexport, MAB Kargo, SF Express join Cargo Facts Asia speaker faculty

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at the Cargo Facts Asia 2019 conference in Shanghai has recently expanded to include George Li, group vice president of SF Express and president of SF Airlines; Neel Jones Shah, senior vice president and global head of airfreight at full-service air and ocean forwarder Flexport; and Ibrahim Mohamed Salleh, CEO of MAB Kargo. George […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 26, 2019
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