Crisis could diversify next-gen narrowbody leasing market

Minneapolis (MSP) is not a base for all-cargo carriers, and yet a freshly painted 737-800BCF (32605, ex-Hainan Airlines) landed at the airport on June 26, having arrived empty from Everett (PAE). The aircraft had arrived in Everett in early June after conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing in China. In the past three months, GECAS, […]

Return to the skies of passengers doesn’t spell the end of passenger freighters

Even as passengers return to the skies, passenger freighters aren’t immediately headed for their demise. The uptick in passenger flights recorded from mid-June onward has not led to an immediate end to the use of passenger aircraft for cargo-only service. Although some aircraft have traded out cargo for passengers — or at least a mix […]

Reconfigured passenger-freighter fleet tops 130

More than 130 passenger aircraft have now been reconfigured for cargo by removing seats from the main-deck cabin, according to Cargo Facts research. Meanwhile, the total number of passenger freighters, which includes aircraft that have not had seats removed, has grown to more than 1,800. Airlines that have opted to reconfigure passenger cabins have done […]

‘COVID-19 freighter fleet’ tops 350

The number of aircraft that carriers have operated for the sole purpose of transporting cargo during the COVID-19 crisis has more than doubled in the past two weeks to more than 350, based on analysis by Cargo Facts. See also: 130+ passenger aircraft added to ‘COVID-19 freighter fleet’ The nature of these makeshift freighter operations […]

Pandemic to boost feedstock availability for conversions [VIDEO]

Although passenger aviation faces the grim reality that it may take two to three years for traffic to bounce back to 2019 levels, feedstock for new and upcoming conversion programs, such as the 737-800 and A321-200, will soon be available at price points viable for conversion, said Doug Kelly, senior vice president of asset valuation […]

EFW to begin A321 conversions at Guangzhou site

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between Airbus and ST Engineering Aerospace, will start converting A321-200s into freighter configuration at a second site in Guangzhou later this year, in addition to the ST Engineering facility in Singapore (XSP). Luxembourg-based Vallair told Cargo Facts that its next three A321s to be converted by EFW will likely all be converted at […]

Olympus Airways looks to grow freighter fleet

Greece-based Olympus Airways plans to expand its fleet of freighter aircraft and expects to have five 757-200Fs by the end of the year. The airline is new to freighters, having only taken its first in December 2019. Olympus’ first 757-200PCF (25294, ex-American Airlines) was converted by Precision Aircraft Solutions at the AerSale facility in Goodyear […]
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