DHL continues 767 growth despite A330 backlog

DHL Express will grow its freighter fleet with the addition of four Boeing-converted 767-300BCFs, the two companies announced today in conjunction with the virtual presentation of the Farnborough International Airshow. [FATs 005511-005514]. DHL continues to order 767 conversions although it still has a firm order for four more EFW-converted A330-300P2Fs, widely seen as the long-term […]

Pandemic steers Stratos toward A330 conversion

Monaco-based Stratos has become the first known lessor to step into the A330 conversion market, prompted by the pandemic. The company ferried an A330-300 (713, ex-AirAsia X) from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Dresden (DRS) on July 16, ahead of induction for conversion into freighter configuration by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) [FAT 005506]. The aircraft, which is […]

Air Hong Kong expands fleet with third own-operated A330F

Air Hong Kong (AHK) will soon add to its fleet the A330-300F (777, ex-China Eastern Airlines) recently converted by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) and redelivered to DHL Express at the end of May. Unit 777 was sent from EFW’s facility in Dresden (DRS) to Malta (MLA) on May 28 to be painted, and has now been photographed in the […]

EFW boosts gross weight with 777 redelivery

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has completed the conversion of its fourth A330-300F (MSN 777, ex-China Eastern Airlines) and redelivered the aircraft to DHL Express [FAT 005434]. This is the first high-gross-weight conversion and delivers an upward revision to the maximum gross payload for the A330-300P2F. EFW previously listed the maximum gross payload for the A330-300 at […]

Air Hong Kong adds second own-operated A330F

Air Hong Kong (AHK) has transferred a second A330F to its own air operator’s certificate (AOC). While the first was a freighter-converted A330-300F (116, ex-Malaysia Airlines), the latest is a production A330-200F (1414, ex-ASL Airlines Ireland). Unit 1414 is one of five production A330-200Fs DHL Express acquired from Abu Dhabi-based Etihad in 2018. It was handed over […]

EFW begins converting young A330 for DHL

The youngest A330 to be sent for conversion arrived at the Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) facility in Dresden (DRS) on March 10. The A330-300 (1124) previously in service with Hong Kong Airlines, is just under ten years old. EFW confirmed to Cargo Facts the aircraft has been inducted for conversion into freighter configuration [FAT 005354], and […]

Cathay operates passenger aircraft as freighters to replace lost bellyhold capacity

In recent weeks, Cathay Pacific and regional subsidiary Cathay Dragon have made significant reductions to their respective intra-Asia passenger flight schedules, leading to a precipitous drop in bellyhold capacity. Air cargo demand remains robust to the extent that Cathay has begun to repurpose some of its many idled aircraft by flying them as freighters. Cathay […]

Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter program

Airbus is moving ahead with the development of a freighter version of the A350 aircraft, sources tell Cargo Facts. Sources say Airbus is actively pitching a freighter variant of the A350 to cargo operators, and would formally launch the new production freighter program once it secures a charter order. In recent months, sales executives for […]
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