Delta accelerates 767-300 retirements

Delta Air Lines, the largest operator of 767-300ERs in passenger configuration prior to the onset of the pandemic, will retire the remaining forty-nine 767-300ERs in its fleet by December 2025. With the market heating up for 767 conversions, this large pool of airframes will be evaluated for its suitability as conversion candidates. Airframe pricing, cycles […]

Eastern sets sights on 767Fs and 777Fs

Pennsylvania-headquartered Eastern Airlines may primarily be a leisure carrier transporting passengers between the U.S. and Latin America for now, but the airline is accelerating its plans to develop its cargo business, with freighters firmly in its sights. Mike Duggan, recently appointed director of international cargo business development, told Cargo Facts that as a niche startup […]

Amazon registers its own 767-300ER

On Aug. 31, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued Amazon.com Services LLC a temporary registration certificate for a 767-300ER (25274, ex-WestJet) the e-commerce giant had recently acquired [FAT 005606]. This is the first aircraft registered directly to Amazon, according to the FAA registry. Although it is early yet to tell if the acquisition is a […]

Conversion outlook: How many retired 767s will end up as freighters?

How many of the 280 operable 767-300ERs under age twenty-six are destined to become twenty-four pallet 767-300Fs? The pandemic may be changing the calculus.  Of the younger-vintage 767-300ERs, just 102 aircraft are currently active, according to data from ch-aviation. More than half (146) are currently in storage, twenty-six are in maintenance, and six are in conversion.   […]

Return to the skies of passengers doesn’t spell the end of passenger freighters

Even as passengers return to the skies, passenger freighters aren’t immediately headed for their demise. The uptick in passenger flights recorded from mid-June onward has not led to an immediate end to the use of passenger aircraft for cargo-only service. Although some aircraft have traded out cargo for passengers — or at least a mix […]

Reconfigured passenger-freighter fleet tops 130

More than 130 passenger aircraft have now been reconfigured for cargo by removing seats from the main-deck cabin, according to Cargo Facts research. Meanwhile, the total number of passenger freighters, which includes aircraft that have not had seats removed, has grown to more than 1,800. Airlines that have opted to reconfigure passenger cabins have done […]

Condor shifts from leisure to cargo with reconfigured 767s

Germany-based leisure airline Condor has begun operating “converted” versions of its 767-300ERs with seats removed from the passenger cabin, joining a growing list of airlines that are maximizing cargo volume during the COVID-19 crisis. Condor confirmed to Cargo Facts it has already converted four of its 767-300ERs, and plans to modify ten more aircraft. All […]
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