CFA: Five factors to consider before putting a freighter into a new market [VIDEO]

Next summer, ANA Cargo plans to introduce its first of two 777Fs on order with Boeing. During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held last month in Shanghai, Toshiya Tamada, EVP, Global Sales, ANA Cargo discussed some of the key factors his airline considers before putting freighters into a […]

CFA: Air cargo trade lanes can adapt to a trade war [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held last month in Shanghai, executives from Agility and China Southern Airlines discussed the impact of the United States-China trade war on the Asia-Pacific air cargo market. According to panelists, while trade flows have shifted in the region as a result of […]

CFA: Steeper engine costs are the reality for 737 NG conversions [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held last month in Shanghai, executives from AEI and Boeing discussed some of the factors contributing to steeper conversion costs for 737 NG conversions, compared to 737-300s and -400s. According to panelists, the main contributor to steeper costs is engines. “The NG […]

Ex-Alaska 737-400 combis start to find new life as full freighters

Canada-based Avmax took redelivery of the first of two combi-to-freighter converted 737-400Fs (25099, ex-Alaska Airlines) it has on order with PEMCO World Air Services. Avmax tells Cargo Facts that a second 737-400M (25100) has also been converted to full-freighter configuration and that it is considering full-freighter conversion as an option for the remaining three 737-400 Combis in its portfolio.  Starting with the first […]

LATAM pushes forward 767BCF redeliveries

LATAM Cargo is bringing forward the redelivery of the two remaining 767-300 conversions it has on order from Boeing and now expects to take them in July and late-November or mid-December this year in time for the peak, the carrier tells Cargo Facts. When the three-unit 767 conversion order was originally placed in March 2018, […]

ATSG readying recent 767 conversions for Amazon ops

Last week, Air Transport International began operating another freighter-converted 767-300BDSF (26915, ex-30 West) on a CMI basis for Amazon [FATs 004886-4887]. At least two more recently-redelivered 767-300BDSFs owned by ATSG affiliate, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) have recently been leased to Amazon (25200, ex-American Airlines ) and (26912, ex-Air New Zealand) and will soon follow 26915 […]

Cathay Pacific signs 747-400ERF engine maintenance deal

In a sign that the Hong Kong-based carrier intends to continue operating its fleet of six 747-400ERF for at least a few more years, Cathay Pacific and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines, Ltd. (MHIAEL) signed a five-year contract under which MHIAEL will provide engine MRO services for Cathay’s 747-400ERFs. The engines covered under the exclusive […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 30, 2019

SpiceJet plans to triple 737 NG freighter fleet, build hub in Northeast India

India-based SpiceJet is challenging the conventional wisdom that freighters don’t make sense in the fleet of a low-cost carrier. The airline plans to grow its freighter fleet to six 737 NGs over the next twelve months – up significantly from the two freighters in SpiceXpress livery that exist today, according to a statement in SpiceJet’s […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 29, 2019

ATSG expands credit facility to grow 767 freighter fleet

Yesterday, Air Transport Services Group announced the growth of its credit facility by US$100 million to $645 million, along with a one-year extension through May 2024. Quint Turner, ATSG’s CFO, said the company will invest a majority of its $475 million capital expenditure budget this year to acquire thirteen 767-300s, most of which will be […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 29, 2019

DHL confirms incoming 777Fs to gradually replace 747-400Fs

DHL Express confirmed today it plans to gradually phase-out older 747-400Fs as it takes delivery of new-build 777Fs. Earlier this month, Boeing delivered the first of at least fourteen, and up to twenty-one, 777Fs that were part of an order announced last year at the Farnborough Airshow [FATs 004505–4525]. Cargo Facts estimated that a total […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 28, 2019

Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow adds 777 maintenance capability

The MRO arm of Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group, Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow (VDTM), has obtained approval from the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) to carry out maintenance work on Bermuda-registered 777 aircraft. Although none of Volga-Dnepr’s affiliate carriers currently operate the 777 platform, this is expected to change following a 2018 LOI between Boeing and CargoLogicHolding for the purchase of up to twenty-nine 777Fs.  For the time […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 28, 2019

Widebody freighter transactions accelerate during first half of May

During the first fifteen days of May 2019, Cargo Facts recorded a total of fifteen freighter aircraft transactions, up three transactions month-over-month from April. In a major shift from last month, transactions involving widebody freighters represented 80% of the transactions during this period (twelve units) compared to just five units last month. Below, we include […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • May 27, 2019

ANA Cargo’s maiden 777F arrives in Japan

On 23 May, a 777F destined for ANA Cargo departed Victorville (VCV) and arrived at Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) at 9:53 PM local time on 24 May. The 777F delivery (65756) was the first of two 777Fs on order with Boeing [FAT 004893]. According to a photo from Matt Cawby on Twitter (@mattcawby), ANA Cargo's […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 27, 2019

Does Amazon really matter to intra-European express, postal, courier and ground transport?

A Google News search today of the term “Amazon” yields 566,000 hits. Indeed, the online retailing behemoth is seemingly everywhere, dominating discussions in the airfreight market, but just how important is Amazon to the intra-European freight market? The answer will surprise you. Recently, we took a brief look at the importance of Amazon for the […]
  • Frederic Horst
  • May 24, 2019
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