E-commerce drives expansion of express fleets worldwide

Today we begin a three-part analysis of the jet freighter fleets of express companies worldwide. We start with some background, and then a look some of the smaller (and perhaps more interesting) companies. Tomorrow and the day after, we’ll look at the big boys, and conclude with a look into the future. At the end of […]
  • David Harris
  • April 12, 2017

Air Incheon orders more narrowbody conversions on higher cross-border demand

Today, PEMCO World Air Services (PEMCO) announced it had reached an agreement with South Korea-based Air Incheon to convert a 737-400 (25857) into freighter configuration. As cross-border trade expands in the region, Air Incheon has found itself once again looking for more capacity. Last October, Air Incheon secured long-term leasing agreements for three 737-800 freighter-conversions […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 4, 2017

Expanded STC for IPR

Switzerland-based IPR Conversions received an extension to its EASA-issued ATR conversion STCs, and can now perform conversions on variants of the ATR42/72-500 series. The newly-expanded STC covers both its large cargo door and structural tube conversions. Until now, all of IPR’s conversion have been completed in Toulouse. A steady flow of conversion orders however, has […]
  • David Harris
  • January 1, 2017

The narrowbody freighter fleet in 2016 — Part III

Today we conclude our three-part analysis of the worldwide narrowbody jet freighter fleet with a look at the state of the passenger-to-freighter conversion market at the end of 2016. You can read Part I here, and Part II here. Conversion from passenger configuration is the only source of narrowbody jet freighters. Operators and lessors of widebody […]
  • David Harris
  • November 30, 2016

An all-cargo airline for Tunisia?

A new cargo airline will soon be taking off from Enfidha’s Hammamet International Airport located 100km south of Tunisia’s capital city, Tunis. Express Air Cargo’s CEO, Anis Riahi confirmed to Cargo Facts his airline is preparing to commence operations in August, with an initial fleet consisting of two freighter-converted 737 classics. Although the source of […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 23, 2016

Swiftair orders four 737-400 conversions from AEI

Spain-based Swiftair placed a firm order for four 737-400 P-to-F conversions from Aeronautical Engineeers Inc, with an option for an additional four. The first aircraft (24438, ex-Samair) is in conversion at the Commercial Jet facility in Miami, the second (24445, ex-Wat Phnom Airlines) will enter conversion at the same facility shortly. In addition to 14 […]
  • David Harris
  • September 11, 2014

Freighter conversion – a story in photos

In September 1999, Japan Transocean Air took delivery of a 737-400, msn 29487. The carrier, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, operated the aircraft from its hub in Naha, Okinawa, until late last year when it was acquired by DHL Express as a candidate for conversion to freighter configuration. DHL was looking to add five 737-400 […]
  • David Harris
  • June 25, 2014

Farnair takes 45% stake in Thailand’s K-Mile Air

Switzerland-based Farnair acquired the 45% stake in Thailandbased K-Mile Air formerly held by Malaysia’s Transmile Group. As part of the agreement, Farnair will place a 737-400F (28492, recently redelivered to Farnair by Aeronautical Engineers Inc) with K-Mile, replacing the carrier’s single 727-200F (22080),which it recently parked. Farnair has long been a turboprop freighter operator, but last year ordered four 737-400 passengerto-freighter […]
  • David Harris
  • March 19, 2014

Combination Carrier

Once a fairly regular sight, combi and quick-change aircraft operated by major passenger carriers are now exceedingly rare, with only three airlines – KLM, Air China (both with 747-400M’s), and Alaska still operating any sizeable number in scheduled passenger-freight services. Air China will begin phasing out the 747-400M later this year, leaving only KLM and […]
  • David Harris
  • July 12, 2012