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 […]

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 […]

No 747-8F upgauge yet for Qantas Freight

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 have been replaced not by two 747-8Fs, but with another two Atlas 747-400Fs (30588 and 32840). According to a statement by Atlas […]

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 […]

Air Hawaii Cargo prepares for launch as 747-400Fs reenter service

Hawaii-based startup carrier Air Hawaii Cargo this week announced plans to launch twice-weekly trans-Pacific freighter services. Starting on 31 July, the flights will connect Los Angeles (LAX) and Hong Kong (HKG) on Wednesdays and Fridays via Honolulu (HNL) utilizing a 747-400F, according to a release from Air Hawaii Cargo. Given the company does not have […]

Atlas Air begins operating 747F for Flexport amid forwarder’s legal spat with Western Global

On 7 July, Western Global Airlines (WGA) operated a 747-400BCF (26356) for Flexport’s own-controlled trans-Pacific operation for the last time. The following week, Atlas Air assumed control over the routes that bridge the forwarder’s Hong Kong (HKG) gateway with Los Angeles (LAX) and Chicago (ORD) using a factory-built 747-400F.  When the partnership between Western Global and Flexport was announced last year, the […]

Executives from DHL Express and SF Express to speak at Cargo Facts Symposium

The lineup of air cargo industry legends speaking at the 25th Annual Cargo Facts Symposium in San Diego has recently expanded to include Rob Hyslop, SVP of Global Aviation, DHL Express, and George Li, Group VP, SF Express. Cargo Facts Symposium 2019 will be held 16-18 October at the Intercontinental San Diego. For more information, […]

Freighter aircraft leasing part II: E-commerce behind growing leasing market

Last week, we began our two-part annual analysis of the increasingly complex world of freighter aircraft leasing. In part I, we started with an overview of how the freighter fleet belonging to lessors has evolved since our analysis a year ago. In part II, we consider the leased fleet by carrier, and how year-over-year shifts […]
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