New Asian startup targets 2021 launch with 747Fs

A new company headquartered in Southeast Asia plans to commence freighter operations nine to twelve months from now, with the aim of building a fleet of two large widebody aircraft in the first year, and five within five years. One China Global Airways (OCG) told Cargo Facts it is in negotiations on the selection and […]

Sky Gates plans fleet expansion

Russia-based Sky Gates Airlines will soon expand its freighter fleet with at least one more 747-400F. The carrier told Cargo Facts it expects to add the aircraft in 2021, and is currently in discussions to finalize the deal. Sky Gates currently operates two, twenty-year-old 747-400Fs (32571, ex-Cathay Pacific, and 30804, ex-Silk Way West), that were […]

AirBridgeCargo to become latest 777F operator?

On Aug. 17, a 777F in AirBridgeCargo (ABC) livery (66625) departed Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility and headed for Sharjah (SHJ), ahead of service entry with the carrier.   Once in service, the number of 777F operators will grow to nineteen. But will that number include ABC?  Despite having left PAE, a few regulatory hurdles remain on the path to service entry, and the carrier declined to provide a […]

E-commerce growth pushes Russia’s S7 to freighters

Russia-based S7 Airlines will become a freighter operator when it takes delivery of the first of two 737-800BCFs in November, in part to accommodate the region’s burgeoning e-commerce market. The carrier expects the second aircraft to arrive in January 2021. Both are being leased from GECAS [FATs 005562-005563]. S7 told Cargo Facts it had made […]

737-800 conversion market diversification accelerates in 2020

In a year that has seen rising interest in 737NG conversions, at least four companies new to the model have placed orders for up to eleven 737-800Fs so far in 2020, with more yet to be disclosed or announced. The following chart shows orders for 737 family and A321 conversions since January 2019.   Many 2020 […]

GECAS firms up 60th 737-800BCF order, takes options for more

GECAS has converted existing options with Boeing for eleven 737-800BCFs, bringing the total number of  firm ordered conversions to sixty since the program’s launch in 2016 [FATs 005539-5559]. The lessor also added nine options to five existing options that have not yet been exercised. The eleven units firmed up will be redelivered between 2022 and […]

AEI boosts 737-800 conversion capacity on demand growth

Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) has designated Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO Xiamen) as a conversion center for its 737-800SF program, taking the number of conversion facilities it has to five. According to AEI, HAECO Xiamen will initially have one conversion line and begin touch labor on its first 737-800 in January 2021, but a second […]

Volga-Dnepr preps for 777F ops

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group has taken delivery of its first 777F (66625) from Boeing [FAT 005539]. Volga-Dnepr couldn’t confirm an exact date for the arrival of the aircraft at its hub in Moscow (SVO), but told Cargo Facts it could depart Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility as early as next week. The Russian group’s first 777F is […]
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