ATSG signs three more 767F leases, bests yearly delivery record

Air Transport Services Group’s (ATSG) dry-leasing arm, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), has signed three more deals to lease converted 767 freighters and is on course to deliver a record number of aircraft in a single year. The new agreements involve one 767-300BDSF for Alaska-based Northern Air Cargo [FAT 005666] and two 767-200BDSFs — one each […]

ATSG’s 767F commitment boosts Q2 earnings

Air Transport Services Group’s (ATSG) commitment to and investment in 767 freighters saw the company’s operating income jump by 74% year on year to $32.5 million on an adjusted basis for the second quarter. Total revenue at ATSG’s dry-leasing division, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), for the quarter was 8% higher than a year ago, attributed […]

Conversion outlook: How many retired 767s will end up as freighters?

How many of the 280 operable 767-300ERs under age twenty-six are destined to become twenty-four pallet 767-300Fs? The pandemic may be changing the calculus.  Of the younger-vintage 767-300ERs, just 102 aircraft are currently active, according to data from ch-aviation. More than half (146) are currently in storage, twenty-six are in maintenance, and six are in conversion.   […]

Air Atlanta Icelandic grows 747-400F fleet

Air Atlanta Icelandic is expanding its freighter fleet with two production 747-400Fs. The carrier currently only has one production -400F, along with one -400BCF and five -400BDSFs. The first of the additions is the twenty-six-year-old unit 26563, which El Al Israel Airlines withdrew from service at the end of June 2019. After just under a […]

Astral Aviation looks to 767 platform for growth

Kenya-based Astral Aviation plans to add to its fleet two freighter-converted 767Fs, Cargo Facts has learned. The medium-widebody freighters will soon complement the carrier’s existing large widebody fleet, and are expected to open up new routes in support of the region’s perishables exports. Astral expects to take a 767-200F within a matter of months, and […]

Yamaha partners with Astral to expand drone ops in Kenya

While major integrators and e-commerce giants are navigating the potential use of unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones) for cargo delivery in North America , Europe and China, Kenya-based drone start-up Astral Aerial Solutions, an affiliate of Astral Aviation, is pursuing drone projects of its own from the company’s base in Nairobi. Astral Aerial Solutions and Japanese drone manufacturer Yamaha Motor Company are partnering to provide […]

Freighter aircraft transactions through mid-August

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 […]

Astral Aviation to expand freighter fleet

Kenya-based all-cargo carrier Astral Aviation will expand its freighter fleet and also move into the passenger business. Astral will sell a stake to China-based Hainan Airlines, and, under a recently signed MOU with Hainan, will develop a plan to launch regional passenger service from Nairobi using a planned fleet of five ERJ-145s. On the cargo […]
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