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

Part III: The changing landscape of freighter aircraft leasing

On Monday, we began a multi-part series on freighter aircraft leasing which began with a look at the way in which a business that was originally fairly straightforward has become increasingly complex – you can see that discussion here. Yesterday, we continued with a closer look at the lessors themselves (see part II). while today we will […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 16, 2017

4Q revenue up, profit down, but ATSG sees blue skies ahead

Air Transport Services Group reported fourth-quarter net income of US$1.5 million, down 89.6% from 4Q15, as revenue rose 22.1% to $222 million. Operating income (EBIT) for the quarter was down 19.6% to $18 million. However, both the net income and operating income figures come with significant asterisks, and mean very little on their own. As […]
  • David Harris
  • March 7, 2017

Stateside 757s for DHL

On August 28, Cargo Facts brought you in-depth coverage of DHL’s ongoing revamp of its U.S. air operations. The sunset landing you see here is one component of that revamp. This 757 is operated by Air Transport International (ATI) on behalf of DHL and operates a scheduled weekday west coast run between Los Angeles, Portland, […]
  • David Harris
  • October 3, 2014

ATSG reports a strong quarter, will expand owned fleet

US-based Air Transport Services Group reported second-quarter net income up 37.5% y-o-y to $9.5 million, as total revenue rose 8.9% to $189.4 million. Operating income for the quarter was up 27.9% to $18.1 million. ATSG is the world’s biggest lessor of medium widebody freighters, with a 57-unit fleet, including nine 767-300 and forty 767-200 freighters. […]
  • David Harris
  • August 7, 2014

Sunset on the BAX Network

With the news that DB Schenker will shutter the BAX Global network, it seems like time might be running out for at least some of Air Transport International’s pretty 70-series DC-8s. With the youngest DC-8’s pushing forty years of age, there remain just three U.S. operators running the type – Astar, ATI, and National. ATI […]
  • David Harris
  • July 26, 2011