Ethiopian grows reconfigured pax-freighter fleet to 20+

Ethiopian Airlines now has the largest fleet of reconfigured passenger-freighters by far, having modified twenty-two of its passenger aircraft by removing some or most of the seats from their cabins. The airline told Cargo Facts the twenty-two aircraft consist of four A350-900s, five Dash 8-Q400s, five 737-800s, two 767-300ERs, four 777-300ERs and two 787-9s. Together […]

The first A350 freighters?

Finnair is modifying two passenger A350-900s to increase the aircraft’s ability to exclusively carry cargo during the COVID-19 crisis. Still a far cry from a yet-to-be-launched factory-built A350F in terms of operational characteristics, the reconfigured aircraft will soon carry cargo on the main deck. The airline confirmed to Cargo Facts that, while it is considering […]

‘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 […]

Finnair exits the long-haul freighter market

Finnair Cargo, the cargo arm of Helsinki-based Finnair, will end its long-haul freighter operations effective late December and from that time on rely exclusively on the belly capacity of its rapidly-expanding long-haul passenger fleet. In 2011 the Finnair Group took a 40% stake in startup carrier Nordic Global Airlines, and moved Finnair Cargo’s two MD-11Fs […]

Airbus A350-900 First Flight

Earlier today, at around 10 am Toulouse time, the brand new Airbus A350 took to the skies for the very first time, beginning a program of design and certification testing that should last into 2014. The EIS target for the A350-900 is the fall of 2014, with the first deliveries to go to Qatar Airways. […]
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