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 […]

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 […]

Qantas looks to replace aging 737-300SFs

Australian carrier Qantas Freight is currently planning the renewal of its narrowbody freighter jet fleet, consisting of four 737-300SFs (23478, 23486, 23488 and 23490) and one 737-400SF (24796). While the company didn’t specify which types are being considered, it confirmed to Cargo Facts that the older of its 737-300SFs “will start to be replaced over […]
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