China Southern to add two 777Fs, a sign combination carriers are hungry for freighters?

After a four-year period during which Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines’ twelve-unit 777F freighter fleet remained stable, growth has returned. China Southern converted an existing order with Boeing for the purchase of two 777-300ERs to the 777F freighter variant, the company announced in a notice that appeared on the Shanghai Stock Exchange today. Both aircraft will […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 1, 2019

Atlas fleet boost bumps 4Q18 earnings

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) reported a fourth-quarter net income of $211.0 million, up 0.7%  from net income of $209.5 million for 4Q 2017 on solid results from the company’s ACMI, Charter and Dry Leasing segments. Operating income rose 19.5% to $127.6 million and total operating revenues increased 21.8% to $765.0 million from substantial growth […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 19, 2019

The widebody freighter fleet part III: New widebody operators gravitate toward 767Fs

Today we offer the final section of the 2019 edition of our annual widebody freighter fleet analysis. We began this year’s analysis of the worldwide widebody freighter fleet earlier this week with a look at the composition of the fleet on a carrier-by-carrier basis. You can review part I here. Part II continued with an […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 31, 2019

The widebody freighter fleet part II: fastest-growing carrier fleets

We began this year’s analysis of the worldwide widebody freighter fleet yesterday, with a look at the composition of the fleet on a carrier-by-carrier basis. You can review part I here. Here in part II, we look at what has changed within the fleet, and growth by carrier. In part III, we conclude with a review […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 29, 2019

The widebody freighter fleet part I: growth returns!

Today we begin a multi-part analysis of the worldwide fleet of widebody jet freighters in commercial service as of 15 January 2019. We start with a look at the entire fleet – which carriers are operating which freighters – and in the coming days will move on to the ways in which the fleet has […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 28, 2019

Air Atlanta Icelandic preparing for a future post-747 ops

ACMI and charter airline Air Atlanta Icelandic said it would enact a series of fleet modernization initiatives in the coming years as its ageing 747s exit service, the company announced in a statement yesterday, concurrently with a number of organizational changes. Although clear replacement options have emerged for passenger-configured 747-400s, Air Atlanta Icelandic’s freighter fleet […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 9, 2019

Atlas to take over 747-400F ops for NCA

Today, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings announced the expansion of its existing strategic agreement with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), under which Atlas will operate NCA’s three 747-400 freighters on a CMI basis. The announcement is not unexpected, as the three -400Fs have been idled since the Japanese all-cargo carrier was forced to ground its entire eleven-unit […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 8, 2019

Halifax Airport reopens after SkyLease freighter overshoots runway

Hours after a 747-400 freighter (28026) operated by Miami-based SkyLease Cargo skidded off the runway while landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), the airport resumed operation following some minor delays. The four crewmembers aboard the widebody all suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital, but are expected to recover. No cause […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 9, 2018
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