CF EMEA: Striving for freighter-to-belly balance

FRANKFURT — Turkish Airlines, which has a freighter fleet of ten A330-200Fs and seven 777Fs, took its seventh 777F in January and has one more unit on firm order for delivery in a month or so. The carrier also has an overall fleet of around 300 aircraft, including more than 100 widebody aircraft with cargo-friendly […]

Turkish Cargo continues to grow fleet

Turkish Cargo took delivery of a production freighter from Boeing on Jan. 23 (64240) [FAT 005297]. Since adding its first 777F in December 2017, the cargo arm of Turkish Airlines has rapidly grown its 777F fleet to seven units. Although both Qatar Airways and FedEx added more 777Fs than Turkish Cargo during the same period […]

Production A330F backlog dwindles

Colombia-based Synergy Aerospace Corporation, one of only two remaining customers with the production A330-200F on order, canceled its order for a single frame in December, according to Airbus’ orders and deliveries tally for 2019. Synergy is the majority shareholder of Avianca Holdings, which operates six A330-200Fs through its Avianca Cargo subsidiary. This leaves the A330-200F […]

Production freighter orders in 2019 – 747 nowhere to be seen

Given that 2018 was such a stellar year for freighter orders, with eighty-three aircraft ordered, 2019 was perhaps always going to pale in comparison. Still, the year ended with a respectable twenty-eight production jet freighter aircraft being added to the order books. The orders for these twenty-eight aircraft, consisting of seventeen 777Fs and eleven 767-300Fs, […]

Airbus’ first BelugaXL enters service

Airbus’ first BelugaXL freighter (1853) entered service on Jan.9, as expected, two months after receiving European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Type Certification.   The OEM stated that another five will be operational by 2023 to replace the fleet of its predecessor, the BelugaST. Airbus’ second BelugaXL (1824) has already been assembled, while the third unit (1930) is currently in production. The entire Beluga fleet is operated by Airbus […]

With third A330F is Sichuan Airlines ready to launch freighter flights?

Sichuan Airlines has taken redelivery of its third A330-200F (1386, ex-Qatar Airways), on lease from BOC Aviation [FAT 005237]. The carrier has now received all three of its ex-Qatar A330Fs but until recently, has not operated the aircraft in commercial service. Shortly after the delivery of its third A330-200F, the carrier operated its first commercial freighter […]
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