Aviastar-Tu to add Cainiao-branded 757F

Russia-based Aviastar-Tu could soon be adding its fourth 757-200F, but this one, unlike the other three, is painted in the colors of Cainiao, Alibaba’s logistics arm. The 757-200PCF was seen conducting ground tests in Goodyear (GYR) and posted to social media in late June. Cargo Facts believes the aircraft is unit 27051 (ex-American Airlines), which was […]

KlasJet enters freighter market with leased Bluebird 737-300F

Iceland-based Bluebird Nordic has subleased its sole remaining 737-300BDSF (25263, ex-Frontier) to sister airline KlasJet as it looks to consolidate its fleet around the 737-400F platform [FAT 005439]. Bluebird confirmed to Cargo Facts that unit 25263 will be in service with KlasJet in the longer term, as opposed to a more temporary arrangement during the COVID-19 […]

AA accelerates fleet retirements, frees up feedstock

American Airlines’ plans to accelerate the retirement of its older aircraft in light of the sharp drop in passenger traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a feedstock situation that could be attractive for those looking to add 757 freighters. Apart from cutting much of its international traffic, Doug Parker, CEO of American […]

Olympus Airways looks to grow freighter fleet

Greece-based Olympus Airways plans to expand its fleet of freighter aircraft and expects to have five 757-200Fs by the end of the year. The airline is new to freighters, having only taken its first in December 2019. Olympus’ first 757-200PCF (25294, ex-American Airlines) was converted by Precision Aircraft Solutions at the AerSale facility in Goodyear […]

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 […]

17 Asia-Pacific fleet additions in 2019

Earlier this week, we looked at how the freighter fleet in mainland China has grown in 2019. As the year draws to a close, here’s an overview of the seventeen freighter aircraft that were added to carriers based elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region over the course of the year. [Note: for the purposes of this […]

Airwork acquires pair of Bluebird 737-300Fs

Iceland-based Bluebird Nordic has sold two of its 737-300BDSFs to New Zealand-based Airwork, the cargo carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts [FATs 005134-005135]. The first aircraft (25264, ex-Frontier) is already in Auckland (AKL) and has been registered with the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand. According to Bluebird Nordic, unit 25264, which was owned by sister […]

Airwork places 757-200PCF with Swiftair

Spain-based Swiftair has taken redelivery of a 757-200PCF (24617, ex-American Airlines) on lease from New Zealand-based Airwork. The aircraft was converted at the AerSale facility in Goodyear, AZ (GYR), and was flown to Madrid (MAD) via Portsmouth, NH (PSM), and Shannon (SNN) [FATs 005069-005071]. This is the first 757-200PCF to be added by Swiftair since […]
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