Cargo Facts Asia: MAX groundings intensify strain on 737NG feedstock

In recent weeks, 737 MAX operators have pushed cancellations further out into the summer as Boeing works with US regulators to modify software related to the aircraft’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which is suspected to have played a role in two crashes involving the MAX 8. Even though MAX series aircraft could take to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 18, 2019

Amazon Air 737-800BCFs begin to arrive in the US

The first two 737-800BCFs slated to join the Southern Air fleet and operate on behalf of Amazon Air's United States operation left China following conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing, and have been gradually ferried to Jacksonville (VQQ) over the past week. Although both aircraft were Boeing conversions, touch labor was performed by two different […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 11, 2019

The narrowbody freighter fleet part I: 737 NG freighters take off

Today we begin a three-part analysis of the worldwide fleet of narrowbody jet freighters with a look at the overall composition of the fleet – how many of the different types are in operation by which carriers. Later this week, in part II, we will look at active and emerging conversion programs for the narrowbody […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 3, 2019

Freighter aircraft transactions through the end of March

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 1, 2019

Atlas’ Southern Air to operate 737-800BCFs for Amazon

The operator of the 737-800BCFs joining the Amazon Air fleet was revealed this morning to be Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ subsidiary carrier, Southern Air. According to an 8-K filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, five 737-800Fs will be placed into service for Amazon this year.  Atlas said in a statement that Amazon will […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 29, 2019

Amazon Air to add 737-800BCFs, first freighter spotted in China

A Boeing-converted 737-800BCF (32882, ex-China Southern Airlines) was spotted in China this week sporting an Amazon Air “Prime Air” livery similar to what is customarily associated with what emblazons the e-tailer’s 767F network, a clear indication the operation will soon add a new fleet type. Shortly after photos of the aircraft were leaked to Twitter, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 19, 2019

Atlas Air 767F suffers fatal accident outside of Houston

After a grim Sunday morning spent sifting through the wreckage of Flight 3591 in the marshes outside of Houston, crash investigators shifted their focus from search-and-rescue to recovery, as all three crewmembers on board the Atlas Air Worldwide aircraft were confirmed dead following the Saturday afternoon crash. The aircraft was nearing the end of a routine run […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 25, 2019

Amazon secures options to more than double ATSG-leased fleet, boost ownership in company

ATSG’s leasing subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), will lease ten additional freighter-converted 767-300Fs to Amazon, with five delivered per year in 2019 and 2020, Amazon announced last night. Leases will last ten years and include an option for a three-year extension. Amazon is also extending leasing agreements for the twelve 767-200BDSFs and eight 767-300BDSFs it […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 21, 2018
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