Operator mix expands with new own-controlled networks

The number of carriers operating on a CMI-basis on behalf of e-commerce and/or express companies in the United States grew by two in the first half of the year, with Phoenix-headquartered iAero Airways and Minneapolis-based Sun Country Airlines becoming the second and third U.S.-based 737-800Fs operators, respectively. In early May, DHL added iAero as a new […]

SF Airlines continues fleet growth

Chinese express carrier SF Airlines plans to add at least five more aircraft to its fleet by the end of 2020. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts the additions include three 757-200PCFs (29943, 33101 and 33100, all ex-TUI Airways), to be converted by Precision Aircraft Solutions, and two 767-300BCFs (26329, ex-LATAM, and 30847, ex-Titan Airways), […]

CFA 2020: Idled aircraft to become conversion feedstock

The negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on passenger aircraft operations is a surprising boon to operators and lessors searching for suitable feedstock for freighter conversions. This was the consensus at a panel discussion on freighter conversions during this week’s Cargo Facts Asia virtual event. “We’re actually seeing quite a dramatic increase in orders amongst […]

Precision 757 conversions now total 120

Precision Aircraft Solutions has completed its 120th 757-200PCF conversion and redelivered the aircraft (29942, ex-TUI Airways) to SF Airlines [FAT 005386]. The 757, which was originally delivered from the Boeing factory in 1999, was inducted at the AMECO facility in Chengdu (CTU) in December 2019, and arrived at SF’s hub in Shenzhen (SZX) on April 16. It […]

AA accelerates fleet retirements, frees up feedstock

American Airlines’ plans to accelerate the retirement of its older aircraft in light of the sharp drop in passenger traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a feedstock situation that could be attractive for those looking to add 757 freighters. Apart from cutting much of its international traffic, Doug Parker, CEO of American […]

Coronavirus snarls freighter redeliveries out of China

Redeliveries of some freighter conversions being carried out at MROs in China will encounter disruptions and delays until travel restrictions are lifted. Even as MRO workers return from a Lunar New Year holiday that was prolonged by quarantine measures undertaken to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak, many key stakeholders in the process remain stuck outside […]

Spring peak arrives early for China’s freighter operators

Freighter utilization rates by China’s “Big Three” combination carriers surged 83% month-to-month for the week of March 5-11, to nearly 3,000 flight hours, according to flight-tracking data analyzed by Cargo Facts. Compared to the same weeklong period in January, freighter flight hours were up 16%. Despite a precipitous drop in freighter hours flown between January […]

Olympus Airways looks to grow freighter fleet

Greece-based Olympus Airways plans to expand its fleet of freighter aircraft and expects to have five 757-200Fs by the end of the year. The airline is new to freighters, having only taken its first in December 2019. Olympus’ first 757-200PCF (25294, ex-American Airlines) was converted by Precision Aircraft Solutions at the AerSale facility in Goodyear […]
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