Chapman Freeborn parent acquires Bluebird Nordic

Lithuania-based Avia Solutions Group will fully acquire Iceland-based Bluebird Nordic from BB Holding and enter the narrowbody freighter segment for the first time. Bluebird, whose fleet currently consists of a single 737-300BDSF alongside five 737-400Fs, operates flights within Europe on an ACMI basis for several carriers, including ASL Airlines Belgium, EAT Leipzig, Swiftair and Poste Air […]

Geo Sky expands with another 747 Classic freighter, looks to -400Fs

Georgia-based Geo Sky received a Christmas gift in the form of a 747-200F (23735, ex-Air Atlanta Icelandic) [FAT 005275]. The carrier now has a fleet of four 747-200Fs. Geo Sky told Cargo Facts that the aircraft is leased from a Dubai-based lessor, and expects to deploy unit 23735 in service on or around Jan. 7. While […]

Pionair Australia BAe 146-300QT enters service for Qantas Freight

Pionair Australia has put its first BAe 146-300QT (E3150) into service, operating for Qantas Freight on an ACMI basis [FAT 005271]. The aircraft is mainly flying between Sydney (SYD), Melbourne (MEL) and Launceston (LST). The Australian carrier previously confirmed to Cargo Facts that it had purchased three BAe 146-300QTs from Germany-based WDL Aviation earlier this year for growth. Unit E3150 was ferried to Australia […]

New Vietnamese decree renders conversions unlikely

When a new Vietnamese law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, the country’s carriers will find it much harder to dry-lease and operate their own freighter-converted aircraft. Decree No. 89/2019/ND-CP adds a new article governing the age of used aircraft imported into Vietnam. While passenger aircraft cannot be older than 10 if they are […]

Qantas grounds 737-300F fleet, manages to secure lost capacity in midst of peak

Qantas Airways grounded four 737-300BDSFs (23478, 23486, 23488 and 23490) today after Israel Aerospace Industries informed operators of an ‘apparent irregularity’ with the rigid barrier systems installed on some of its 737 Classic conversion aircraft. Although details regarding the issue are slim, IAI promised a quick fix. The company is currently working with the Civil […]
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