Weekly Wrap: Here come the A321 freighters

The A321F has very much been the star of the past week, with the first aircraft converted to freighter configuration by 321 Precision Conversions taking flight, the first EFW frame leaving Singapore on delivery, and a new operator committing to the platform.   In this Cargo Facts Connect episode, Senior Editor Charles Kauffman and Associate Editor Jeff Lee discuss these developments and look ahead to […]

SmartLynx leaps into freighters with A321PCF and A321P2F

SmartLynx Malta will become the latest combination carrier when it enters the freighter market as the launch operator of 321 Precision Conversions’ A321PCF program. SmartLynx will also be the first operator to have A321-200Fs converted by both 321 Precision Conversions and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW). The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that, in addition to unit […]

A321-200PCF completes first test flight

On Oct. 10, 321 Precision Conversions, a joint venture of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Precision Aircraft Solutions, completed the first post-conversion test flight of its conformity A321-200PCF (891, ex-Air Mediterranee). The aircraft took to the skies above Sanford (SFB), where touch labor for the conversion was performed at the Avocet MRO Services facility. […]

As fleet surpasses 100, ATSG may slow acquisitions

Air Transport Services Group’s in-service fleet increased by 63% from 60 units to 98, during the three-year period between Dec. 31, 2016, and Dec. 2019. Indefinite growth at this tempo is not, however, guaranteed. During the company’s 4Q19 earnings call, the company's President Rich Corrado told analysts that if the market slows, ATSG could prioritize […]

Diversification, robust demand for 767Fs elevate ATSG 3Q19 results

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) reported an increase in customer revenue for the third quarter of 2019 of 79% year-over-year to US$366.1 million, partly because of the acquisition of Omni Air International in November 2018 but also because of strong demand for ATSG’s 767 freighters and flight operations. Operating income rose by almost 52% compared […]

Telair International unveils modular cargo loading system for A320 family

Telair International launched a modular cargo loading system for use in the lower hold of narrowbody aircraft. The system is designed to be installed post-delivery or during freighter conversion and consists of reconfigurable modules that can be converted within a matter of hours to accommodate either bulk or containerized freight. Initially, Telair expects the system to […]
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