Air France completes D-check on 777F

Air France has completed a scheduled D-check on one of its 777Fs (32966). The aircraft is expected to reenter service this weekend and is scheduled to fly to Chicago (ORD), according to Air France KLM Martinair Cargo. Unit 32966 entered Air France’s MRO facility in Orly (ORY) on 21 July, having been in service for […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 21, 2019

Freighter fleet growth pushes Atlas, Qatar and Turkish higher in 2018 traffic rankings

Yesterday, part I of our two-part analysis of the world's top 50 cargo carriers in 2018 revealed three carriers, Atlas Air Group, Qatar Airways and Turkish Cargo, that had made notable increases in rank among the top 50. For each of the three carriers, a growing freighter fleet led to higher traffic. Today, we take […]
  • Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee
  • August 14, 2019

22 of top 25 cargo carriers operated freighters in 2018

Among the world’s top twenty-five cargo carriers in 2018, ranked by freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) carried, twenty-two of twenty-five carriers operated freighters. Expand the list to the top fifty cargo airlines and thirty-three carriers operated freighters. The remaining 34%, mostly comprised of mainline carriers with large widebody passenger fleets, made the list without significant maindeck […]
  • Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee
  • August 13, 2019

Air France ACMI leases Cargolux 747 during 777F maintenance

Cargolux has been flying one of its 747-400Fs for Air France on an ACMI basis since 21 July while one of the French carrier’s 777Fs (32966) undergoes planned heavy maintenance [FAT 005095]. Air France KLM Martinair Cargo confirmed to Cargo Facts that the ACMI deal will last until unit 32966 completes the maintenance work in […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 13, 2019

Cargolux closes JOLCO on another 747F

Luxembourg-based Cargolux has closed a Japanese operating lease with call option (JOLCO) transaction for another 747-400ERF. This is the airline’s third JOLCO, having concluded the first such transaction this January. Under the JOLCO, Cargolux has the option to purchase the aircraft during or at the end of the lease. According to Cargolux, the London Branch of […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 5, 2019

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 […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 19, 2019

El Al ceases 747 freighter ops, looks to AirBridge and ASL for charters [VIDEO]

On 30 June, an El Al-operated 747-400F (26563) landed at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) on completion of a final commercial flight that originated in Liege, Belgium (LGG). El Al yesterday confirmed that it is retiring the freighter after nine years in service [FAT 005038]. Despite the retirement of the Israel-based carrier’s only freighter, El Al […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 3, 2019

UPS receives 12th 747-8F and celebrates 50th anniversary of the Queen of the Skies

UPS took delivery of its twelfth 747-8F (64262) late last week [FAT 005036]. While UPS is part of a select group of carriers to operate the -8F, this particular aircraft is unique in that it features a special decal near the nose, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Boeing 747, as can be seen from […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 2, 2019
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