Raya grows widebody fleet

Malaysia-based Raya Airways will lease a 767-200BDSF (22215, ex-Amerijet International) from Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) [FAT 005413]. This is Raya’s second 767-200BDSF and grows the carrier’s fleet to four units. Apart from the two CAM-leased 767-200BDSFs, Raya operates a 737-400SF (27660, ex-Japan Transocean Air) and a 757-200PCF (24472, ex-China Cargo Airlines). Raya previously told Cargo […]

ATSG growth fueled by e-commerce in Q1

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) reported first-quarter net income from continuing operations of $134 million, up from $23 million in Q1 of 2019. The increase reflects the demand for ATSG’s core business of leasing and operating 767 freighters. “Despite the pandemic, we remain cautiously optimistic about the rest of 2020, as we deploy more 767 […]

Amazon Air to hand over first 737-800BCF to Sun Country Air

Even as demand for passenger travel falters amid the Covid-19 outbreak, low-cost carrier Sun Country Air will soon be adding flights — not to carry passengers, but rather to haul cargo on behalf of Amazon Air. On March 22, a 737-800BCF (32348, ex-Pegasus) departed Shanghai (PVG) for Everett (PAE) ahead of redelivery to GECAS [FAT […]

AA accelerates fleet retirements, frees up feedstock

American Airlines’ plans to accelerate the retirement of its older aircraft in light of the sharp drop in passenger traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a feedstock situation that could be attractive for those looking to add 757 freighters. Apart from cutting much of its international traffic, Doug Parker, CEO of American […]

EFW to begin A321 conversions at Guangzhou site

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between Airbus and ST Engineering Aerospace, will start converting A321-200s into freighter configuration at a second site in Guangzhou later this year, in addition to the ST Engineering facility in Singapore (XSP). Luxembourg-based Vallair told Cargo Facts that its next three A321s to be converted by EFW will likely all be converted at […]

ANA Cargo hands over third 767-300BCF to CAM

Japan-based ANA Cargo transferred a 767-300BCF (24400) to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), the leasing arm of ATSG. The aircraft was ferried from Tokyo (HND) to Wilmington (ILN) via Anchorage (ANC), arriving March 2 [FAT 005098]. This is the third 767-300BCF ANA Cargo sold to CAM as part of an August 2019 agreement. Following conformity, the aircraft […]

As fleet surpasses 100, ATSG may slow acquisitions

Air Transport Services Group’s in-service fleet increased by 63% from 60 units to 98, during the three-year period between Dec. 31, 2016, and Dec. 2019. Indefinite growth at this tempo is not, however, guaranteed. During the company’s 4Q19 earnings call, the company's President Rich Corrado told analysts that if the market slows, ATSG could prioritize […]
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