Sichuan Airlines to launch freighter operations in October

Sichuan Airlines plans to commence scheduled operations with its A330Fs in October, with Brussels (BRU), Chennai (MAA) and Delhi (DEL) expected to be the first three destinations, the carrier told Cargo Facts. The Chengdu (CTU)-based airline took delivery of its first A330-200F (1350, ex-Qatar Airways) from BOC Aviation late last week [FAT 005047], and told […]

Sichuan Airlines postpones launch of freighter operations

Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines plans to put its first A330-200F into commercial service by September, the carrier tells Cargo Facts. Originally, the carrier had planned to launch thrice-weekly flights between Chengdu Airport (CTU) and Brussels Airport (BRU) by the end of April. Even though the carrier has registered its first aircraft (1406, ex-Qatar Airways) on lease […]

Qatar Airways sheds first A330-200F

Yesterday, a Qatar Airways A330-200F (1350) went off-lease from BOC Aviation, and was removed from service. The A330-200F lease is the the first of three agreements between BOC Aviation and Qatar Airways Cargo slated for expiration this year. Guillaume Halleux, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, confirmed to Cargo Facts in May of last year that […]

BOC Aviation purchases two 747-8Fs on AirBridgeCargo’s behalf

Earlier this week, Japan-based Nippon Cargo Airlines cancelled its outstanding order for two 747-8Fs (NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders).  Today, the announcement of a firm two-aircraft order from Singapore-headquartered BOC Aviation appeared to soften the blow, but it will have no real impact on Boeing’s backlog, because it is part of Boeing’s already-announced twenty-unit agreement with Russia-based […]
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