LATAM inducts third 767 for conversion into BCF

LATAM Cargo has inducted what will be its third 767-300BCF for conversion at the ST Engineering Aerospace facility in Singapore’s Paya Lebar Air Base (QPG), Boeing and LATAM both confirmed to Cargo Facts [FAT 005096]. The aircraft (34629) is the final outstanding BCF LATAM currently has on order with Boeing. Unit 34629 was delivered to […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 20, 2019

767 transactions dominate July Freighter Aircraft Transactions

Of the 51 freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) recorded in July 2019, 35% involved 767s, the workhorse for domestic express and e-commerce in the United States, and increasingly, globally. Both production freighters and conversions saw an uptick in activity for the month with deliveries of two new-build 767Fs, one each to US-based integrators FedEx and UPS. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 16, 2019

Cargo Air to postpone 737 freighter conversions

Bulgaria-based Cargo Air still holds firm orders for two 737-800BCFs along with two options but has agreed with Boeing to postpone the agreement for another two years to 2023 because the 737 MAX issues are causing 737-800 feedstock prices to remain high, the carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts. When the price is right, Cargo Air might consider […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 14, 2019

China Postal receives first 737-800BCF

Earlier this week, China Postal Airlines took redelivery of its first 737-800BCF (30786, ex-China Southern Airlines), on lease from BBAM [FATs 005087-005088]. The air arm of China Post expects to become the first 737-800BCF operator in China, though we note it was not actually the first Chinese carrier to take redelivery of a -800BCF. That […]
  • Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee
  • August 8, 2019

YTO eyes widebodies while ATSG eyes new customers in Far East

Chinese express carrier YTO Cargo Airlines is exploring the possibility of adding widebody freighters that can carry 50-60 tonnes, the airline tells Cargo Facts. This would represent a big step for YTO, which currently operates a fleet consisting of seven 737-300Fs and five 757-200Fs. Although YTO said that it still hadn’t reached a decision on which […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 6, 2019

Qatar Airways takes delivery of 17th 777F, aims for 21 by year end

After completing a series of flight tests around Boeing’s Everett, WA factory last week, a 777F (66335) has just minutes ago departed Everett’s Paine Field (PAE) for Doha, Qatar (DOH) on delivery to Qatar Airways [FAT 005075]. The carrier has also accelerated delivery plans for four outstanding 777Fs on firm order with Boeing and expects […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 30, 2019

Delayed 737 MAX deliveries for Ryanair cuts into 737-800 conversion feedstock

Ryanair Holdings revised the number of 737 MAX aircraft it expects to be operating in its fleet by Summer 2020 from fifty-eight to just thirty, the company announced today concurrently with the release of its Q1 FY2020 earnings, ended 30 June. Along with MAX deliveries, the carrier had planned to gradually retire some of the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 29, 2019

Boeing freighters continue to sell well amidst 737 MAX and 777X challenges

Boeing sold more freighters than passenger aircraft during the second quarter of 2019, according to the manufacturer’s Q2 results, with orders from FedEx for six 767-300Fs [FATs 005050-005056]. By contrast, Boeing only logged unidentified orders for four 737 MAX aircraft and one 787-9 from Air Lease Corporation. Although Boeing said that development and testing of a […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 25, 2019
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