Should freighter flights be exempt from the 80:20 rule?

If you were to ask any of the foreign freighter operators calling to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), the answer would unanimously be “yes!” In recent months, the 80:20 rule has become frustratingly relevant because Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) at AMS are expected to approach the government-mandated quota of 500,000 for any single year, beginning in […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 23, 2017

Slot squeeze at Schiphol brings new ABC flights to Liege

Beginning this coming winter, Russia-based AirBridgeCargo will commence scheduled 747F freighter flights to Liege (LGG), connecting airports in Asia, Europe and North America with what could eventually ramp-up to as many as 12 weekly flights. The move to Liege is part of a contingency plan to deal with landing slot reductions the carrier expects to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 10, 2017

Could politics cool the hot market for air freight ?

Almost unanimously at airports around the world, 2017 cargo volumes are showing significant growth over 2016. Amsterdam (AMS), and Brussels (BRU), are no exceptions, having recently reported cargo volumes up 8.3% and 12.9% y-o-y, for the eight-month period through August 2017. Neither airport is uncorking the champagne just yet, however, as cargo operations at both […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 12, 2017

MASKargo DC-10CF

It’s the spring of 1992 and we’re seeing MASkargo’s DC-10-30CF, N105WA (msn: 46891, leased to Malaysia from World Airways) loading up at Amsterdam Schiphol in the wee hours of the night. Originally built for Martinair Holland in 1973, this CF went to World Airways in 1988, who then leased it to Malaysia – along with […]
  • David Harris
  • October 29, 2010

DAS DC-10-30F

These two pilots are deep in conversation at the helm of a DC-10-30 at Amsterdam Schiphol. The aircraft, 5X-JCR (id: 47831/327), has had a series of operators since being built for British Caledonian in the summer of 1980. Originally Bcal’s “Robert the Bruce” – Bcal was absorbed BA eight years later – it then flew […]
  • David Harris
  • August 5, 2010