Blue Skies, nothing but blue skies…

Blue Sky Aviation Services, a startup all-cargo carrier based in Dubai, acquired an A300-600 Freighter (788, ex-Maximus Air) and says it will soon launch operations from Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). This is hardly the first small all-cargo carrier to operate in the Gulf Region, and the acquisition of a 16-year-old A300 freighter is not […]
  • David Harris
  • November 13, 2014

Another freighter for Yangtze River Express

Shanghai-based all-cargo carrier Yangtze River Express (YRE, a subsidiary of the Hainan Air Group) took redelivery today of a 737-400F (29915, ex-Hainan Airlines), following conversion by Aeronautical Engineers Inc, at the Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services facility at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport. The redelivery brings YRE’s freighter fleet to a total of twenty-three units, including three 747-400BDSFs, […]
  • David Harris
  • August 12, 2014

Middle East carriers add freighters

Etihad Airways took delivery of an A330-200F (1524) from Airbus, bringing the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s freighter fleet to a total of ten units. Seven owned: Etihad now operates seven freighters of its own, including three 777Fs as well as four A330 freighters. Three ACMI leased: Etihad ACMI leases one 747-8F and one 747-400F from Atlas Air, […]
  • David Harris
  • July 30, 2014

Qatar Cargo adds the A330-200F

Qatar Airways Cargo took delivery of its first new-build A330-200F on December 19, 2012 (A7-AFV, msn: 1350) , and is soon to receive its second example (msn: 1368) seen here returning to Toulouse after a test flight. This second airplane will become A7-AFY on delivery. The two A330-200Fs are part of a three-aircraft lease from […]
  • David Harris
  • March 8, 2013

First A330-200F for Tampa Cargo

The first Airbus A330-200F for Colombia-based Tampa Cargo (msn: 1368) is seen here returning from a pre-delivery test flight on a frigid winter afternoon in Toulouse. Operating on test registration F-WWKQ, the aircraft will reportedly be registered N330QT when delivered. With the delivery, Tampa will receive its first-ever new-build aircraft and also become the first […]
  • David Harris
  • December 10, 2012

First A330-200F for MNG Cargo

In the near future, Istanbul-based MNG Cargo will take delivery of its first new-build freighter, the A330-200F seen here (msn: 1332, future registration TC-MCZ). This is a significant step for MNG, which has previously operated only converted or previously-owned equipment. The Airbus A300 has formed the backbone of MNG’s fleet for many years – and […]
  • David Harris
  • August 13, 2012

First A330-200F for Yangtze River Express

On final approach returning to Toulouse-Blagnac comes the first Airbus A330-200F for Yangtze River Express. The Shanghai-based all-cargo airline was formed in 2003 and is part of the HNA Group. Operations began with freighter-converted 737-300s, with the first widebody, a 747-400F (msn 30761, Ex-China Airlines Cargo), arriving in the summer of 2007. The airline now […]
  • David Harris
  • March 23, 2012

Tampa A330-200F

Colombia-based Tampa Cargo (now 100% owned by AviancaTaca) placed a firm order with Airbus for four A33-200Fs. According to Airbus, the A330 Freighters will replace Tampa’s current fleet, which consists of four 767-200Fs and one recently-acquired 767-300ERF. The order comes on the day of the first anniversary of the A330-200F’s entry into revenue service.
  • David Harris
  • September 28, 2011
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