Georgian startup to launch with first freighter

Georgia-based Easycharter plans to launch operations with its first freighter in June. The startup carrier took redelivery of an A300B4-200F (210, ex-AeroUnion) in February [FAT 005435] and confirmed to Cargo Facts that it owns the aircraft, which carried out a short test flight for crew familiarization and training purposes May 25. The aircraft, which is […]

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 […]

Avianor and AKKA partner on passenger-freighter conversions

Montreal-based Avianor has partnered with Brussels-headquartered AKKA Technologies to have its passenger-freighter reconfiguration package approved and certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). AKKA has also been granted rights to use the solution. Matthieu Duhaime, president and COO of Avianor, told Cargo Facts EASA approval is expected in six to eight weeks. While […]

De Havilland extends simplified conversion for Dash 8s

De Havilland has obtained regulatory approval from Transport Canada for its Dash 8-100, -200 and -300 Simplified Package Freighter conversion that features a stripped-out passenger cabin without seats. The manufacturer developed the conversion program as a solution to the lack of airfreight capacity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and allows operators to make better use […]

THG Air — U.K.’s newest cargo airline?

British online retailer The Hut Group (THG) has launched THG Air with plans to add two A330 freighters. The aircraft, to be painted in THG colors, will be based at Manchester Airport (MAN), where the group’s headquarters are located. THG told Cargo Facts the aircraft are likely to be A330-200Fs, which are in the final […]

Lufthansa Technik nabs customer for A380 freighter-lite

Lufthansa Technik has secured a contract to reconfigure an A380 as an “auxiliary freighter” capable of transporting cargo on its passenger decks. The experiment, prompted by the ongoing capacity crunch induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, will yield an aircraft that is the closest to an A380F the world has ever seen.  While Lufthansa Technik has […]

Airbus SB to detail seat-to-pallet reconfiguration

Airbus plans to issue a service bulletin (SB) that outlines the procedure for reconfiguring passenger A330s and A350s to carry cargo on pallets that attach to the seat rails lining the passenger cabins. In parallel, the aerospace giant is working with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to obtain a supplemental type certificate (STC) […]

Coronavirus extends Boeing, Airbus production pauses

The COVID-19 pandemic has led aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus to extend production pauses instituted earlier in the year. U.S. manufacturer Boeing originally announced the suspension of all production activity at its Puget Sound facilities for 14 days starting March 25. On Sunday, the OEM extended the suspension at its Puget Sound and Moses Lake […]
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