Connect Cargo freighters grounded

Brazilian startup Connect Cargo’s two leased 737-400Fs are currently grounded and could end up being repossessed by Luxembourg-based Vallair. According to ANAC, Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency, the two aircraft are no longer cleared for commercial flights. Connect Cargo, which only completed its Part 121 certification with ANAC and was granted its AOC in June […]

CF EMEA: E-commerce drives narrowbody demand

FRANKFURT — Even though the narrowbody freighter market is becoming increasingly competitive, the growth of e-commerce means there’s ample opportunity for aircraft lessors, with an estimated yearly demand for approximately sixty narrowbody freighters every year for the next twenty years. Vx Capital, the largest lessor of 737-400Fs, currently has a portfolio of two 737-300Fs and […]

Chapman Freeborn parent acquires Bluebird Nordic

Lithuania-based Avia Solutions Group will fully acquire Iceland-based Bluebird Nordic from BB Holding and enter the narrowbody freighter segment for the first time. Bluebird, whose fleet currently consists of a single 737-300BDSF alongside five 737-400Fs, operates flights within Europe on an ACMI basis for several carriers, including ASL Airlines Belgium, EAT Leipzig, Swiftair and Poste Air […]

European freighter fleet analysis (Part I): 737 Classics drive growth, for now

In a year as tumultuous as 2019, it’s encouraging to see that European carriers continued to add freighter aircraft. Today we begin an analysis which will take a closer look at these fleets, starting with narrowbody jets in Part I and moving to widebodies in Part II. To begin with, we note that for this […]

New Vietnamese decree renders conversions unlikely

When a new Vietnamese law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, the country’s carriers will find it much harder to dry-lease and operate their own freighter-converted aircraft. Decree No. 89/2019/ND-CP adds a new article governing the age of used aircraft imported into Vietnam. While passenger aircraft cannot be older than 10 if they are […]

17 Asia-Pacific fleet additions in 2019

Earlier this week, we looked at how the freighter fleet in mainland China has grown in 2019. As the year draws to a close, here’s an overview of the seventeen freighter aircraft that were added to carriers based elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region over the course of the year. [Note: for the purposes of this […]

Longhao re-brands after securing new investor, looks ahead to fleet growth

Longhao Airlines is settling into its secondary base at Zhengzhou Airport (CGO) following investment from Henan Civil Aviation Development Investment (HNCA), and is now operating under its new name, Zhongyuan Longhao Airlines. After a period of low flight activity at the beginning of this year, the carrier is returning its fleet to service, and has […]
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