Turboprop freighter fleet analysis 2019: A stable niche or still nascent?

The turboprop freighter fleet for aircraft with payloads of 3.8 - 8.8 tonnes grew by just 7% year-over-year to 181 units in June 2019, up 12 units from a total of 169 the year prior. While growth of 7% wouldn’t be unimpressive on its own, many of the additions this year stemmed from the reactivation […]

Cebu Pacific takes redelivery of first IPR-converted ATR 72F

IPR Conversions redelivered the first of two passenger-to-freighter converted ATR 72-500Fs to Philippines-based Cebu Pacific [FAT 005059]. The aircraft (820) was previously part of Cebu Pacific’s own passenger fleet and will be the airline’s first dedicated freighter. After making a couple of short test flights around Dinard (DNR), France, where the aircraft was converted to […]

IAI inducts another 767 for CAM, but is it destined for Amazon?

Earlier this week, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) ferried a 767-300 (29228, ex-LATAM) to Tel Aviv (TLV) where it was inducted for conversion to freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) [FATs 005048-005049]. The induction boosts the number of CAM-owned 767-300s currently undergoing conversion in Tel Aviv to six, at least three of which are expected […]

Second LATAM 767BCF nearing redelivery

LATAM Cargo’s next 767-300BCF appears to be almost ready for redelivery. The aircraft (35229, ex-LATAM Airlines Argentina) operated a test flight today, flying around Taiwan for approximately an hour and a half. Unit 35229 has been undergoing the conversion process at the Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) facility in Taipei (TPE) since February 2019. EGAT was […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 8, 2019

Fourth Amazon Air 737-800BCF joins fleet in Tampa

After making its debut at the Paris Air Show last month, the fourth 737-800BCF (32663, ex-Jet Airways) on lease from GECAS was ferried yesterday from Jacksonville (VQQ) to Tampa Airport (TPA), where it will join Amazon Air’s growing 737F fleet operated by Atlas Air Worldwide’s Southern Air subsidiary. TPA is one of several airports with […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 8, 2019

Qantas looks to replace aging 737-300SFs

Australian carrier Qantas Freight is currently planning the renewal of its narrowbody freighter jet fleet, consisting of four 737-300SFs (23478, 23486, 23488 and 23490) and one 737-400SF (24796). While the company didn’t specify which types are being considered, it confirmed to Cargo Facts that the older of its 737-300SFs “will start to be replaced over […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 5, 2019

Amazon aims to grow cargo drone team in the UK [VIDEO]

Amazon is aiming to add more than 2,000 technology workers to its United Kingdom team, the company announced in a 3 July press release. While the statement noted roles include “engineers, software developers, data scientists and cloud and machine learning experts,” Bloomberg reported that Amazon’s Prime Air cargo drone service is among the technology areas new […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 5, 2019

Air Hong Kong to bring ASL-operated A330Fs under own AOC

Wholly owned Cathay Pacific-subsidiary Air Hong Kong (AHK) will soon be operating at least two A330 freighters under its own AOC, the carrier told Cargo Facts. While the carrier currently operates ten A300-600Fs, it had previously contracted ASL Airlines Ireland to operate a small fleet of A330Fs on an ACMI basis. The first aircraft, an […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 4, 2019

Freighter aircraft transactions through June

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 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 4, 2019

El Al ceases 747 freighter ops, looks to AirBridge and ASL for charters [VIDEO]

On 30 June, an El Al-operated 747-400F (26563) landed at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) on completion of a final commercial flight that originated in Liege, Belgium (LGG). El Al yesterday confirmed that it is retiring the freighter after nine years in service [FAT 005038]. Despite the retirement of the Israel-based carrier’s only freighter, El Al […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 3, 2019

Lufthansa Cargo pondering accelerated fleet renewal

Lufthansa Cargo could potentially become an all-777F operator by the time next year is over. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that it is considering bringing forward the withdrawal plans for its remaining MD-11Fs in light of the current market environment. Lufthansa, which took delivery of two 777Fs (66089 and 66090) this year for a […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 3, 2019
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