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CargoLogic Germany 737F fleet grows to three units

CargoLogic Germany (CLG) has received its third freighter, courtesy of Russia-based ATRAN. The aircraft is a 737-400SF (25775, ex-Yamal Airlines) that is on lease from Vx Capital Partners [FATs 005245-005246]. Unit 25775 was converted by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) and redelivered to ATRAN in December 2018. Cargo Facts had expected it to join CLG’s fleet eventually, […]

ASL adds 737-400F to French subsidiary

ASL Aviation Holdings has taken redelivery of a 737-400SF (25180, ex-Cardig Air), on lease from Luxembourg-based Vallair [FAT 005238]. The aircraft has been placed with the group’s ASL Airlines France subsidiary. Unit 25180 was originally delivered in passenger configuration to Spanish airline Futura in January 1992. In 2009, it joined the fleet of Indonesia-based Sriwijaya […]

CFS 2019: Program delays and tight feedstock supply constrain in-flux narrowbody conversion market

SAN DIEGO – Conversion houses and OEMs have developed, or are in various stages of developing, a new generation of narrowbody freighter conversion programs based on the A320-family and 737-NG platforms. Although operator demand remains strong, redeliveries have yet to reach their full potential, according to panelists on a conversion panel last week at Cargo […]

AEI redelivers first conversion of 4Q, an MD-83SF to TSM

On Tuesday, AEI redelivered an MD-83SF (53122) to Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM [FAT 005157]. The aircraft was the first freighter-converted aircraft to be redelivered in 4Q19. 53122 completed conversion at Commercial Jet’s Miami facility on Sept. 25, and upon joining TSM’s fleet, becomes the carrier’s eleventh freighter-converted MD-80F. TSM has at least one more MD-83 that […]

DHL-Ethiopian JV plans additional growth, but does that mean additional freighters?

DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services, the joint venture between DHL Global Forwarding and Ethiopian Airlines, is looking to expand its operations in Ethiopia and has appointed Berhanu Kassa as its general manager. Kassa was previously director of logistics services at Ethiopian. While the JV isn’t solely focused on air logistics, this particular mode will be especially […]

Who’s who in freighter conversions: The conversion houses

Today, we conclude our two-part analysis of the passenger-to-freighter conversion market. In the first part yesterday, we began with a look at the increasing number of narrowbody conversion programs for Next Generation, or NG, aircraft. In the second part today, we take a look at the six conversion houses that currently offer passenger-to-freighter conversion programs […]

Who’s who in freighter conversions: So many programs, so little feedstock

While recent years have witnessed redelivery of the first of the next generation of narrowbody freighter conversions,  the narrowbody conversion space is about to get even busier and more competitive next year. Not only will a second platform, the A321, be introduced but, by the end of 2019, up to three additional narrowbody conversion programs […]

As MD-80s exit passenger service, freighter-converted units take to the skies with Everts Air

On Sept. 4, American Airlines retired the last twenty-six McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft in its fleet. Even though the airframe remains in passenger service with Delta (which operates 62 of the type), fleet numbers are on the decline – at least for units in passenger service. Despite serving a niche market, the number of freighter-converted […]
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