Flexport unveils livery for dedicated 747F

A 747-400F (36135) has just been painted in Flexport’s colors and will be entering service for the forwarder’s own-controlled airfreight operation on Aug. 25, flying from Chicago (ORD) to Hong Kong (HKG), Flexport confirmed to Cargo Facts [FAT 005103]. Unit 36135 is one of the three 747-400Fs recently reactivated by Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), having been […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 22, 2019

767 transactions dominate July Freighter Aircraft Transactions

Of the 51 freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) recorded in July 2019, 35% involved 767s, the workhorse for domestic express and e-commerce in the United States, and increasingly, globally. Both production freighters and conversions saw an uptick in activity for the month with deliveries of two new-build 767Fs, one each to US-based integrators FedEx and UPS. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 16, 2019

Freighter fleet growth pushes Atlas, Qatar and Turkish higher in 2018 traffic rankings

Yesterday, part I of our two-part analysis of the world's top 50 cargo carriers in 2018 revealed three carriers, Atlas Air Group, Qatar Airways and Turkish Cargo, that had made notable increases in rank among the top 50. For each of the three carriers, a growing freighter fleet led to higher traffic. Today, we take […]
  • Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee
  • August 14, 2019

YTO eyes widebodies while ATSG eyes new customers in Far East

Chinese express carrier YTO Cargo Airlines is exploring the possibility of adding widebody freighters that can carry 50-60 tonnes, the airline tells Cargo Facts. This would represent a big step for YTO, which currently operates a fleet consisting of seven 737-300Fs and five 757-200Fs. Although YTO said that it still hadn’t reached a decision on which […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 6, 2019

Atlas looks to moderate fleet growth as tariffs sting in 2Q19

Despite a 10.5% year-over-year increase in block hours flown in 2Q19 across the company’s ACMI and Charter segments, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reported operating revenues that were nearly flat for the quarter (-0.3%) at $664 million. Company CEO Bill Flynn acknowledged on an earnings call with analysts that the third tranche of tariffs that went […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 1, 2019

Third NCA 747-400F arrives for maintenance before reentering CMI service with Atlas

The third and final 747-400F (36133) to be reactivated by Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) arrived in Taipei (TPE) at around 16:10 local time today, ahead of planned maintenance at the Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp. (EGAT) facility at the airport. The aircraft was ferried from Victorville (VCV), where it had been stored since November 2018, to […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 31, 2019

No 747-8F upgauge yet for Qantas Freight

1 August 2019: This post has been updated to reflect additionally commentary Atlas Air provided during a 2Q earnings call with analysts. Two Atlas Air 747-400Fs (29253 and 29254) that had been flying on an ACMI basis for Qantas Freight ceased operations on Sunday as part of a planned transition to larger 747-8Fs. Surprisingly, they […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 30, 2019

Kalitta secures contract with DHL for 777F ops

US-based Kalitta Air’s first 777F (35607, ex-Emirates) will begin flying routes for DHL Express on an ACMI basis next month, the carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts. The aircraft was delivered last month, on lease from DAE Capital [FAT 004938]. Earlier this week, photos of the aircraft in Kalitta Air livery with a DHL tail surfaced […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 29, 2019
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