Southern Air to operate more 737-800Fs for Amazon

Amazon’s next 737-800BCF will be handed over to Southern Air to operate, as the Atlas Air affiliate carrier appears to be stepping away from 737-400F operations. The 737-800BCF (32742, ex-NewGen Airways) was sent to China to be converted in January, and was spotted by photographers in Osaka (KIX) on Aug. 1, showing “Operated by Southern […]

UPS strategy pivot limits fleet growth

UPS’ new CEO Carol Tomé, who took over the reins from David Abney on June 1, outlined a new direction for the company that will prioritize higher-quality revenue streams over volume growth. Future fleet additions and capital investments will be more rigidly scrutinized, which could restrain further fleet growth for UPS. “What we have done […]

GA Telesis moves into 737NG freighter market

[Edited to add commentary from GA Telesis.] Florida-headquartered GA Telesis has placed an order for one 737-800SF conversion with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI), with an option for a second aircraft [FATs 005533-005534]. According to GA Telesis and AEI, the first aircraft to be converted (32903) will be inducted in August and is expected to be […]

Boeing 747 production to end in 2022

Boeing today acknowledged a formal end date to 747 production. “We anticipate completing production for the iconic 747 in 2022,” said President and CEO Dave Calhoun during an earnings call with analysts.  Let it sink in for a moment. Yes, the writing has been on the wall for some time now as the temporary low-rate production of six units per year introduced in 2016 has become permanent. Boeing has since then acknowledged it would move to end production absent “sufficient orders.” But the can was kicked further down […]

New freighter additions spotted

Several widebody freighter aircraft poised to be added to operators’ fleets have been snapped by photographers around the world. First, it appears that Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group plans to add the 777F platform, after all. A 777F has been newly painted into AirBridgeCargo (ABC) colors at Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility, as seen in this photo posted […]

Emergency AD mandates new engine inspections for stored 737s

An emergency airworthiness directive (AD) issued today by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires inspections of the engine bleed air fifth stage check valve on all 737 Classic and NG aircraft that have not been operated in flight for seven or more consecutive days, or have been operated for ten or fewer flight cycles since […]

Conversion outlook: How many retired 767s will end up as freighters?

How many of the 280 operable 767-300ERs under age twenty-six are destined to become twenty-four pallet 767-300Fs? The pandemic may be changing the calculus.  Of the younger-vintage 767-300ERs, just 102 aircraft are currently active, according to data from ch-aviation. More than half (146) are currently in storage, twenty-six are in maintenance, and six are in conversion.   […]

Aircraft Finance Germany orders first Boeing conversions

Frankfurt-headquartered Aircraft Finance Germany (AFG) has placed an order for two 737-800BCF conversions, becoming the latest lessor to enter the market for freighter aircraft converted by Boeing [FATs 005527-005528]. AFG told Cargo Facts they will be converted at the (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company (STAECO) facility in Jinan (TNA), but declined to identify the two frames by […]
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