Top 4 Cargo Facts predictions for 2019

To all of our readers, Happy New Year, and our best wishes for a productive and prosperous 2019! As a prelude to what we are sure will be a busy first half of the year — at Cargo Facts as well, with the launch of our new innovation-focused Cargo Facts EMEA event in Frankfurt, 4-6 […]

ASL Airlines prepares for arrival of second 737-800BCF

GECAS took redelivery of a Boeing-converted 737-800BCF (32610, ex-China Southern Airlines) earlier this week, and will ferry the aircraft to Liege next week, where it will be handed over on lease to ASL Airlines Belgium. ASL expects to put the incoming 737-800BCF into service on behalf of express customer FedEx later next month. This is […]

PEMCO shows off new 737 ‘FlexCombi’

PEMCO World Air Services is displaying the first 737-700 passenger-to-FlexCombi converted aircraft at this week’s Bahrain International Air Show. PEMCO launched the conversion program in April 2017, when it also announced Bahrain-based Chisholm Enterprises, the parent of charter operator Texel Air, as the launch customer for the combi aircraft. This is not the first combi […]

Finding the sweet spot for next-gen narrowbody conversions

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of excitement (and jockeying by conversion houses) over the newest generation of narrowbody freighters, the Boeing 737NGs (737-700/-800) and Airbus A320 family (A320/321). As these newer freighters stand poised to begin replacing older types, let’s take an early look at the new programs and the […]

Longhao Airlines to double freighter fleet

Guangzhou-based all-cargo carrier Longhao Airlines launched eleven-months ago with a single 737-300F. By year-end 2017, the carrier, which operates charter flights almost exclusively for Shenzhen-based SF Airlines, had three 737-300Fs in service. In February, Longhao added units four and five (29108, 29109), and outlined plans to further grow its narrowbody freighter fleet to seven 737Fs […]

6 Chinese lessors with narrowbody freighter ambitions

Seven airlines based in mainland China operate sixty-six 737 Classic freighters that comprise the backbone of the country’s domestic airfreight express fleet. In the coming years, primarily in response to surging e-commerce demand, the narrowbody freighter fleets of China-based carriers are expected to expand rapidly, with new aircraft types. As in most parts of the […]

Alaska Air Cargo commences commercial flights with 737-700BDSF

Alaska Air Cargo’s recently-redelivered 737-700BDSF (30794) entered into commercial service yesterday, carrying freight from Seattle, where Alaska Airlines is headquartered, to Anchorage, the airline’s center for regional cargo operations within the state of Alaska. As we have mentioned in the past, this is particularly noteworthy, as it is not only Alaska’s first 737-700 freighter, but […]

5,000th 737 NG Breaks Cover

Sixteen years after the first 737 NG was delivered and more than 20 years after Boeing began work on the 737 NG program, the 5,000th 737 NG has left the Renton factory and moved on to pre-delivery testing. Number 5000 is a U.S. Navy C-40A Clipper (effectively a 737-700C) with a cargo door for mission […]
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