Atlas orders nine 767-300BCF conversions

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) placed a firm order with Boeing for passenger-to freighter conversion of nine 767-300s. As Cargo Facts speculated last month, this includes four conversion orders previously attributed to an unidentified customer. The order comes as no surprise, as Atlas’ recent agreement with Amazon requires it to provide twenty freighter-converted 767-300s by […]

Peeking ahead to peak season

Yes, it is still mid-summer, but news out of China today has us looking ahead to the fourth quarter. Peak season may not be quite the massive boost to air freight volumes that it once was, but it is still important. Retailers still make mistakes with inventory planning, and there is nothing a cargo airline […]

YTO Express takes 4th 737-300F, may have firmed 10 737-800BCF options

Last month, YTO Express Airlines took delivery of its fourth freighter-converted 737-300. Yesterday evening, on 5 July, the plane took off on its maiden flight to Beijing Capital (PEK) from Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan (HGH) airport sporting YTO livery. YTO is leasing the ex-Donghai Airlines freighter (24916) from GECAS, and plans to begin using it immediately to […]

A third hub for Cargolux?

SHANGHAI – Speaking at the Air Cargo China event in Shanghai today, Cargolux CEO Dirk Reich hinted that his airline might move from its current dual-hub strategy to a triple-hub strategy, with the third hub located somewhere in the US. Two years ago, when Luxembourg-based Cargolux added a second hub in the Chinese city of […]

Lufthansa & Cathay

To follow up on yesterday’s post about the new Lufthansa/Cathay Pacific cargo partnership, we offer some fleet and traffic details, and (it is Friday) some videos featuring the two airlines. Starting with the fleets: Both Lufthansa and Cathay operate large fleets of widebody passenger aircraft, with significant (and growing) belly capacity. Lufthansa has 107, including A330s, A340s, […]

Air freight dives in Asia – should we panic?

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) published February international traffic results, and while passengers continue to board airplanes in droves, for cargo the news is bleak. As we regularly point out, neither January nor February data are meaningful on their own, as year-over-year comparisons are skewed by the timing of the Lunar New Year […]
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