Parked 747 fleet wanes as National brings three out of storage

Florida-headquartered National Airlines will grow its in-service 747 freighter fleet to five aircraft by the end of November with the reactivation of three -400BCFs. The three ex-Cathay Pacific aircraft, parked in Marana (MZJ) since 2013 and acquired by National in May 2019, were brought out of long-term storage in quick succession and taken to the VT […]

ACT Airlines on the hunt for 747-400Fs

Turkey-based ACT Airlines is on the hunt for more 747Fs. The carrier told Cargo Facts it plans to add two more units to its all-747-400F fleet either later this year, or in 2021. ACT said it had decided on the expansion and begun the search last year, but is currently still evaluating the most feasible assets, […]

Sky Gates plans fleet expansion

Russia-based Sky Gates Airlines will soon expand its freighter fleet with at least one more 747-400F. The carrier told Cargo Facts it expects to add the aircraft in 2021, and is currently in discussions to finalize the deal. Sky Gates currently operates two, twenty-year-old 747-400Fs (32571, ex-Cathay Pacific, and 30804, ex-Silk Way West), that were […]

AirBridgeCargo to become latest 777F operator?

On Aug. 17, a 777F in AirBridgeCargo (ABC) livery (66625) departed Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility and headed for Sharjah (SHJ), ahead of service entry with the carrier.   Once in service, the number of 777F operators will grow to nineteen. But will that number include ABC?  Despite having left PAE, a few regulatory hurdles remain on the path to service entry, and the carrier declined to provide a […]

Volga-Dnepr preps for 777F ops

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group has taken delivery of its first 777F (66625) from Boeing [FAT 005539]. Volga-Dnepr couldn’t confirm an exact date for the arrival of the aircraft at its hub in Moscow (SVO), but told Cargo Facts it could depart Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility as early as next week. The Russian group’s first 777F is […]

Does e-commerce fleet expansion signal the untapped potential of Russian market?

Alibaba’s e-commerce affiliate Cainiao has committed to prying open more airfreight links between its home market, China, and Russia, and will soon begin services with a newly delivered 757-200PCF (27051, ex-American Airlines) it is chartering from Aviastar-TU.  According to Cainiao, the recently placed 757-200PCF will start flying e-commerce shipments from China to Russia in August, adding to an already […]

Volga-Dnepr Group’s Tatyana Arslanova joins CFS speaker faculty

Cargo Facts is pleased to announce that Tatyana Arslanova, executive operating officer of the Volga-Dnepr Group, has joined the Cargo Facts Symposium 2020 speaker faculty. Arslanova will join other distinguished industry peers on a virtual roundtable session titled, “Refiling air cargo’s flight plan: Growth opportunities and obstacles in airfreight,” on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 11:45 […]

New freighter additions spotted

Several widebody freighter aircraft poised to be added to operators’ fleets have been snapped by photographers around the world. First, it appears that Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group plans to add the 777F platform, after all. A 777F has been newly painted into AirBridgeCargo (ABC) colors at Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility, as seen in this photo posted […]
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