Cargo Facts Asia: MAX groundings intensify strain on 737NG feedstock

In recent weeks, 737 MAX operators have pushed cancellations further out into the summer as Boeing works with US regulators to modify software related to the aircraft’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which is suspected to have played a role in two crashes involving the MAX 8. Even though MAX series aircraft could take to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 18, 2019

Freighter aircraft transactions through the first half of April

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 and Charles Kauffman
  • April 15, 2019

Amazon Air 737-800BCFs begin to arrive in the US

The first two 737-800BCFs slated to join the Southern Air fleet and operate on behalf of Amazon Air's United States operation left China following conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing, and have been gradually ferried to Jacksonville (VQQ) over the past week. Although both aircraft were Boeing conversions, touch labor was performed by two different […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 11, 2019

Swiftair parent set to gain control of West Atlantic

Yesterday, shareholders of Sweden-based West Atlantic Group accepted what amounts to a takeover offer from Spain-based LUSAT Air S.L., the holding company that owns Aviation Leasing Spain, Cygnus Air, and Swiftair. The two companies entered into an MoU that would enable LUSAT to acquire a majority stake in West Atlantic. The deal is slated for […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 10, 2019

Atlas’ Southern Air to operate 737-800BCFs for Amazon

The operator of the 737-800BCFs joining the Amazon Air fleet was revealed this morning to be Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ subsidiary carrier, Southern Air. According to an 8-K filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, five 737-800Fs will be placed into service for Amazon this year.  Atlas said in a statement that Amazon will […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 29, 2019

The first 7 operators of 737 NG freighters

Earlier this week, Atran Airlines, the express carrier subsidiary of Russia-based Volga Dnepr Group, announced it successfully added its first 737-800BCF to its AOC (32616, ex-Nok Air), on lease from GECAS. Atran has become the seventh 737 NG operator, since Bedek redelivered the first freighter-converted 737-700 in September 2017. Today, there are three active conversion […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • March 22, 2019

Amazon Air to add 737-800BCFs, first freighter spotted in China

A Boeing-converted 737-800BCF (32882, ex-China Southern Airlines) was spotted in China this week sporting an Amazon Air “Prime Air” livery similar to what is customarily associated with what emblazons the e-tailer’s 767F network, a clear indication the operation will soon add a new fleet type. Shortly after photos of the aircraft were leaked to Twitter, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 19, 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
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