Atran’s new Cainiao cross-border flight one piece to carrier’s 737-800BCF puzzle

Russia-based Atran will operate a weekly scheduled flight between Hangzhou (HGH) and Riga (RIX) via Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and other intermediate airports for Alibaba’s logistics-arm, Cainiao. The flight will utilize the carrier’s sole 737-800BCF, which Atran added to its fleet in January (32616, ex-NOK air) on lease from GECAS [FAT 004768]. Although the new route […]

ATSG adds UPS as new dry lease customer, reports strong 1Q19

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) today released its first-quarter results for the period ending 31 March, reporting customer revenues up 71% y-o-y for the quarter to $348.2 million on increased ACMI flying. Net earnings, meanwhile, were up a solid 35% to $22.7 million. Robust demand from existing customers such as Amazon and DHL, as well […]

How important is Amazon to the US domestic air freight and express business?

Amazon is big. In 2018, the company’s share of US e-commerce sales reached around 50%. E-commerce itself accounts for about 15% of total US retail spending. But how big is Amazon for the domestic air freight and express business? And has Amazon’s growth come at the detriment for FedEx and UPS? To be clear, Amazon […]

Southern Air begins flying 737-800Fs for Amazon

Atlas Air Worldwide’s subsidiary carrier Southern Air today put two 737-800BCFs into service on a CMI basis for Amazon Air. The two aircraft (32882 and 32611) are among at least five 737-800BCFs that Southern Air will begin flying for Amazon in 2019. Breaking away from a pattern of what appear to be test flights between […]

Atlas says Southern to begin flying 2 Amazon 737-800Fs this month

Atlas Air Worldwide’s Southern Air subsidiary will begin flying two 737-800Fs on a CMI basis for Amazon Air this month, Atlas President and CEO Bill Flynn said today during the company’s first quarter 2019 earnings call. Those two aircraft are among five that Southern Air will begin flying for Amazon this year, and potentially among […]

As Amazon boosts Prime speed, Walmart alludes to free one-day shipping

Last week during its 1Q19 earnings call, Amazon announced it would be “incrementally” investing $800 million to transition its two-day shipping program to next-day delivery for its Prime customers. The following day, in a post that appeared on the company’s Twitter feed, Walmart hinted that it was planning to up its game with a one-day […]

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 […]

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 […]
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