China Airlines to retain 747-400Fs for longer than expected

Amid the continuing demand for freighter capacity, Taiwan-based China Airlines will keep three 747-400Fs it had been remarketing for longer than originally planned. China Airlines told Cargo Facts it is currently no longer offering the three aircraft (30759, 30763 and 30764) for sale or lease, after deciding in July to postpone their removal. The carrier […]

KF set to carry out AEI conversions at second location

Canada-based KF Aerospace is establishing a 737-400SF conversion line at a second location, in Hamilton (YHM). The company’s YHM facility will soon provide touch labor for its first 737-400SF conversion according to an Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) STC. As part of a newly placed conversion order with AEI, the KF-owned aircraft (26280, ex-Juliet Romeo Aviation), […]

EVA Air prepares for more freighters with rejigged Boeing order

After just over a year of operating a freighter fleet comprised of five 777Fs, Taiwan-based EVA Air is again growing its freighter fleet and will place orders for three additional 777Fs from Boeing [FATs 005588-5590].  “In response to changes of market demands and continuous optimization of the network and fleet, the board of directors approved the adjustment of some aircraft that have not delivered,” according […]

Delivered: Eighth Lufthansa 777F

Lufthansa Cargo has taken delivery of its eighth 777F (66911) from Boeing [FAT 005587]. The aircraft departed the Boeing facility in Everett (PAE) on Aug. 30, and was ferried directly to the carrier’s hub in Frankfurt (FRA). The freighter is one of two new-build 777F deliveries the carrier is expecting this year as part of […]

A trio of 737-800 conversions for Aero Capital Solutions

U.S.-based Aero Capital Solutions (ACS) is bullish on narrowbody freighters and has committed to at least three 737-800SF conversions with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI). ACS confirmed to Cargo Facts that it had ferried all three aircraft (28231, ex-Smartwings; 28655, ex-Eastar Jet; and 29925, ex-Go2Sky) to the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (STAECO) facility in […]

Avitas’ Kelly on 747 values as production fades: Industry Pulse

Historically, ending production for an aircraft drags down values. However, that’s not the case with the 747-8F, which Boeing last month decided to formally end production on.   In this episode of Cargo Facts’ monthly webinar series, Industry Pulse, Doug Kelly, SVP of asset valuation at Avitas, discusses the value trajectory for the 747 freighter now that an end to the line is […]

NCA to grow managed 747-400F fleet with ASL deal?

Two factory-built 747-400Fs that were on long-term lease with AirBridgeCargo until earlier this year (36784 and 36785) have exited storage at Teruel (TEV) and are being prepared for service re-entry. Both aircraft were ferried to Frankfurt Hahn Airport (HHN), according to Flightaware, and appear to be undergoing maintenance ahead of service re-entry with ASL Airlines […]

737-700BDSF lands in China with Tianjin Air Cargo

Tianjin Air Cargo has added to its fleet its first 737-700BDSF (29086, ex-Xiamen Airlines) [FAT 005571-005572].   The aircraft is on a long-term operating lease from Spectre Cargo Solutions, through its Irish entity NGF Overseas Aircraft, and is the first 737-700 freighter on lease to a carrier based in mainland China.  Touch labor for the conversion was performed by Israel Aerospace Industries’ […]
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