ACE Belgium Freighters resolves name dispute, to fly as Challenge Airlines

ACE Belgium Freighters is working with regulators in Belgium and the United States to change its name to Challenge Airlines (BE) S.A. The new name will put to rest a trademark dispute with U.S.-based Alaska Central Express, and is expected to advance the carrier’s receipt of a foreign air carrier permit from the U.S. Department […]

Longtail Aviation enters freighter market with 747-400F

Bermuda-based Longtail Aviation, the territory’s sole holder of an air operator’s certificate, has become the latest 747-operator with the addition of its first freighter, a -400F (27503) previously in service with Cargolux. The aircraft is being leased from U.A.E.-based Aquiline International [FAT 005463-005464]. For Longtail, which had been offering VIP charter services for around seventeen […]

Aerotranscargo offers 747-400 pax freighter, could add more -400Fs

All-747F operator Aerotranscargo is looking to grow its fleet further while others downsize, and has added to its portfolio a passenger 747-400 (28959) temporarily reconfigured for cargo, with potentially two more production freighters to come. Unit 28959 was previously operated for Saudi Arabia-based flynas by Moldova-based Terra Avia, flying Hajj services between Indonesia and Saudi […]

747-400 most sought-after freighter in April FATs

Large widebody freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) have accelerated to eight, up from just three in March as COVID-19 disruptions pushed previously-idled 747-400 and similarly-sized freighters back into service. A total of three 747-400Fs were acquired during the month of April as Western Global Airlines added a production 747-400F (29258, ex-Atlas Air) and as Moldova-based Aerotranscargo […]

Western Global adds third 747-400F, reactivates MD-11F

Western Global Airlines added to its fleet a third 747-400F and started the process of reactivating one of several stored MD-11Fs. Amid the global airfreight capacity crunch, the carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that it took ownership of unit 29258 (ex-Atlas Air) on April 22 and will soon place it into service [FAT 005395]. The […]

Aerotranscargo expands 747-400F fleet

More 747 freighters will soon be flying again, relieving the capacity constraints brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. Moldova-based Aerotranscargo has added to its portfolio a 747-400BCF (24459, ex-Thai Cargo) which it expects to become available from May 5 [FAT 005396]. Aerotranscargo told Cargo Facts that the aircraft is dry-leased to Moldova-based Terra Avia to […]

ACG 747-400Fs remain in limbo

The airfreight market continues to suffer from a shortage of capacity as passenger flight cancellations are extended and aircraft parked due to the COVID-19 crisis, with stored freighters being brought back online. But the fate of three 747-400BDSFs previously operated by Slovakia-based Air Cargo Global (ACG) appears far from certain. Two of those, units 24998 […]
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