7 airlines with the most cargo-only flights

Faced with shrinking route networks, airlines began using passenger widebody passenger aircraft solely to transport cargo in March. Now, almost six months later, these operations are not only ongoing at many of the world’s major airlines, but represent a financial lifeline against the slow recovery of the passenger market. Tens of thousands of cargo-only flights […]

Pandemic steers Stratos toward A330 conversion

Monaco-based Stratos has become the first known lessor to step into the A330 conversion market, prompted by the pandemic. The company ferried an A330-300 (713, ex-AirAsia X) from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Dresden (DRS) on July 16, ahead of induction for conversion into freighter configuration by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) [FAT 005506]. The aircraft, which is […]

Amazon dominates June Freighter Aircraft Transactions activity

Amazon dominated the narrowbody freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) recorded by Cargo Facts for the month of June, having taken redelivery of four 737-800BCFs on lease from GECAS and placed them with Sun Country Airlines to be CMI-operated. By number of freighters, this was more than any other carrier or operator had received. Other highlights include […]

Emirates to operate 10 reconfigured 777-300ERs

Emirates has begun operating reconfigured 777-300ERs with seats removed to create additional cargo capacity. The airline has already modified seven aircraft, with three more to follow by mid-July. These reconfigured 777s, called “mini freighters” by Emirates SkyCargo, add to the carrier’s substantial fleet of passenger freighters — 777-300ERs that have their passenger cabins intact — […]

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 […]

GTA Air Cargo enters pax freighter ACMI deal with Air Transat

Canada-based GTA dnata, the joint venture between GTA Aviation and U.A.E.-based dnata, has set up a division called “GTA Air Cargo” and entered into an ACMI agreement with Canadian leisure carrier Air Transat for two reconfigured passenger freighters. According to a social media post by Mario D’Urso, chairman of GTA dnata, the deal involves two […]

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 […]

First 777-300ER to be converted arrives at TLV

The aircraft set to become the prototype 777-300ERSF has arrived in Tel Aviv (TLV), where it will be converted into freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) [FATs 005447-005448]. The 777-300ER (32789) had previously been in operation with Emirates since 2005, on lease from GECAS. The carrier told Cargo Facts it withdrew the aircraft from service […]
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