Cathay and DHL plan reorganization of Air Hong Kong

In an announcement on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Cathay Pacific Airways and DHL Express said they had entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding covering a change in ownership of their Hong Kong-based joint-venture all-cargo airline, Air Hong Kong (AHK). In the MoU, the two companies say “it is contemplated that” three major changes […]
  • David Harris
  • July 11, 2017

The distribution of widebody freighters

Last month Cargo Facts presented a detailed analysis of the widebody freighter fleets of airlines worldwide. That analysis (available here) showed that 75 airlines (down from 79 a year ago and 85 the year before that) currently operate 1,002 widebody freighters (up from 995), and that 150 (down from 164) more widebody production freighters are […]
  • David Harris
  • March 8, 2017

Looking back: A300-600 P-to-F conversion

The next generation of narrowbody passenger-to-freighter conversions has been a major focus for us lately, as conversion houses launch P-to-F programs for the Airbus A320/321 and Boeing 737NG Families, and the day of the 737 Classic draws to a close. But there has also been a resurgence of interest in widebody freighters lately, and on […]
  • David Harris
  • October 9, 2015

More A300-600 P-to-F conversions for Uni-top

China-based Uni-top Airlines now has six A300-600s in P-to-F conversion at the EFW facility in Dresden (DRS), but looks set to add another. Uni-Top currently operates three 747-200Fs from its base in Wuhan, but the carrier says it is in the process of setting up a domestic China feeder operation to support the  international flying. As […]
  • David Harris
  • September 24, 2014

EFW to convert four A300-600s for Uni-Top

The Cargo Facts Asia 2014 event is still an hour from being officially underway, and already there is news breaking. The first news – from late last night – is a major move by Wuhan-based Uni-Top Airlines, which signed an order with EFW for four A300-600 passenger-to-freighter conversions. Cargo Facts believes that Uni-Top has in […]
  • David Harris
  • March 31, 2014

Summer Sunrise – FedEx A300-600F

It may look like sunset, but in fact this Airbus is taking off only moments after dawn. Nearby wildfires gave the morning sun here a glow it usually only gets at the end of the day, as this FedEx A300 lifts off from Seatac destined for a short run to Oakland, California. This aircraft – […]
  • David Harris
  • September 18, 2012

RUS Aviation A300-600F

Sharjah-based RUS Aviation took redelivery of an A300-600F (msn 626) following conversion to freighter configuration by EFW. A second A300-600 (643) is also undergoing conversion at EFW’s Dresden facility. In addition to these A300-600Fs, RUS operates a mixed fleet mainly made up of Il-76s and An-12s. The redelivery of this freighter to RUS leaves EFW’s […]
  • David Harris
  • July 21, 2011