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FedEx launches “Purple Runway” to alleviate potential pilot shortage

FedEx, in cooperation with Empire Airlines and Mountain Air Cargo, yesterday launched “Purple Runway,” a new pilot development program, that will “promote student interest in aviation careers at selected colleges and universities,” in the expectation of ensuring a steady supply of pilots in a market in which qualified pilots are increasingly scarce. The seeds of […]

联邦快递成为ATR新型货机的首家客户

联邦快递与ATR签署了购买三十架ATR 72-600F的协议,外加二十架可选择订单。 这将会是ATR首次制造货运飞机,也是仅有的4-9吨有效载荷货机。截止目前,几乎所有的涡桨支线货机都由客机批量改造而来,且基本为散货装载用途。具体而言,改造仅是将飞机内部改造为货运配置,但是不安装大型的货舱门。 目前,共有超过200架的涡轮螺旋桨货机正在服役,大部分由大型快递企业运营,机型主要为散货装载配置。市场最受欢迎的机型是ATR 42、ATR72、BAe ATP以及Saab 340,然而,近年来只有ATR 72被大批量的投入货运机队。ATR 72如此受欢迎的部分原因是因为原料充足,部分原因则归功于总部位于瑞士的IPR所推动的货机改造项目。 全新推出ATR72-600货机机型对于货机改造业务的影响现在还未知,但是,假设所有改造货机的客户均为快件集成商,那至少联邦快递在可见的未来,将不再购买改造货机。然而,这并不意味着IPR将遭受损失,作为货机项目的一部分,ATR签署了一项技术许可协议,授予IPR在新机型上安装大型货柜门,以及结构的模块改造。 根据ATR的表述,新货机的机身将没有窗户也没有插座,拥有一个大型的货舱前门以及一个铰链式的货舱后门。机舱内部的变化包括E级的主舱甲板以及加固地板。货机将可以运载散装货物或是整板整箱的货物。ATR认为,主层甲板的容积量将达到74.6立方米,最多可以容纳七个LD3的集装箱,五个88英寸×108英寸的货物托盘,或是九个88英寸×62英寸货物托盘。ATR没有提供关于新货机的最大航程距离以及最大有效载荷参数,但考虑到ATR 72-600客机的最大航程距离为1,528公里(825海里),其货机的航程可能会更小,最大有效载荷可能接近9吨。 目前,联邦快递自身并不运营涡轮螺旋桨货机,其货机机队中有二十一架ATR 72F以及二十六架较小的ATR 42F,租赁给其他运营商并为联邦快递提供支线服务。 此外,另一则关于联邦快递的消息,其最近从波音公司接收了一架全新的波音777货机。

Solenta Aviation to fly newly-converted ATR-72F for DHL

Yesterday, South Africa-based Solenta Aviation took redelivery of an ATR72-200F, converted to large-door freighter configuration by Switzerland-based IPR Conversions Ltd., at its ASI-Maintenance facility in Toulouse, France. IPR holds the STCs to perform both bulk-load and large-door modifications on the ATR72-200 and -500 series turboprobs. The first STC is for what IPR refers to as […]

Turboprop Freighter Fleet – Part III

Last week, in Parts I and II of this three-part analysis of the worldwide turboprop freighter fleet, we offered an overview of the fleet, as well as a showing the entire fleet broken down by carrier, and then looked at the fleet in more detail on a type-by-type basis. You can read Part I here and […]
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