Astral Aviation looks to 767 platform for growth

Kenya-based Astral Aviation plans to add to its fleet two freighter-converted 767Fs, Cargo Facts has learned. The medium-widebody freighters will soon complement the carrier’s existing large widebody fleet, and are expected to open up new routes in support of the region’s perishables exports. Astral expects to take a 767-200F within a matter of months, and […]

Boeing delivers first freighter since production restart

Boeing has delivered its first production freighter aircraft since it resumed production of all its commercial airplanes April 20. The aircraft, a 767-300F (65791) for UPS, was ferried from Everett (PAE) to San Antonio (SAT) on May 12 [FAT 005410]. The COVID-19 pandemic led Boeing to a fourteen-day suspension of production in the Puget Sound […]

Boeing deliveries continue despite shutdown

Boeing began a fourteen-day suspension of production in the Puget Sound region March 25, and extended the suspension April 5 until further notice, but that did not stop the manufacturer from delivering at least four completed aircraft to customers from its facility in Everett (PAE). A 767-300F (63115) was delivered to FedEx and flew to Indianapolis (IND) […]

Coronavirus pressures Boeing to idle operations, cure cash bleed

Boeing is under mounting pressure from the coronavirus outbreak to stop work at its final-assembly facilities, at least on a temporary basis. With at least three large widebody freighters on the flight line at Boeing’s Everett final assembly facility, deliveries planned in the coming weeks could be delayed. These include a China Southern Cargo 777F […]

Qantas, KLM fly passenger aircraft as freighters, Lufthansa and IAG may follow

[Note: Qantas has now decided to suspend all international passenger flying from the end of March until at least May 31, 2020.] As borders are severely restricted and passenger flights are cancelled around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more airlines are beginning to operate empty passenger aircraft for the sole purpose of carrying […]

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 […]
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