UPS and Boeing confirm 767 freighter conversion order

Two months ago, we noted UPS’ purchase of a 767-300ER  (33494) from Japan Airlines, and predicted that, after a maintenance stop at Goodyear Airport (GYR), it would fly off to whichever conversion center Boeing decided to use to convert it to BCF freighter configuration. We also predicted that this was the first of many 767s UPS planned […]
  • David Harris
  • June 19, 2017

The technology of airfreight

Most of us have come across a colleague or friend bemoaning the air freight industry’s inability to “innovate” or “modernize”. If you have not, try bringing up electronic air waybill penetration during your next cocktail party – after more than a decade of pushing carriers to go paperless, adoption is still hovering 50%. But, jokes […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 16, 2017

Bedek opens 767 conversion center in Mexico

Bedek Aviation Group, the MRO and conversion arm of Israel Aerospace Industries, reached an agreement with Mexicana MRO Services under which Mexicana will perform passenger-to-freighter conversions 767-300 aircraft at its Mexico City facility for Bedek. Bedek said that in preparation for the induction of the first aircraft later this month, “dozens of Mexicana employees, including […]
  • David Harris
  • June 8, 2017

YTO launches massive fleet expansion

Just a few days ago, we posted news that Shanghai-based YTO Express had launched an international expansion program, the main cost of which, according to company VP Hao Wenning,  “will come from buying aircraft to strengthen air freight services.” Our discussion in that post centered on YTO’s likely need for widebody aircraft to support the […]
  • David Harris
  • May 22, 2017

Overheard at Cargo Facts Asia

SHANGHAI – A record crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai late last month for Cargo Facts Asia 2017 – the sixth annual presentation of what is now undeniably the region’s premier industry event. After five years in Hong Kong, record attendance […]
  • David Harris
  • May 18, 2017

Boeing’s KC-46A tanker achieves another milestone

This week, Boeing announced it had added a sixth aircraft to its KC-46A aerial refueling tanker test program. The newest addition to the test fleet will be used to evaluate the tanker’s resistance to electromagnetic fields. In practice, the KC-46’s electronic systems must prove resilient to potentially disruptive electromagnetic discharges. To check this, the tanker […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 5, 2017

E-commerce drives express fleet expansion — Part II

Today, in Part II of our annual analysis of the worldwide express fleet, we look at changes to the fleets of two of the three biggest players – FedEx and UPS. We start with TNT, which was acquired by FedEx last year. (You can read Part I here.) As part of FedEx’s acquisition of TNT Express, Ireland-based […]
  • David Harris
  • April 13, 2017

UPS goes for 767 conversions

As I write this in Seattle this morning, a 767-300ER, in Japan Airlines livery, is passing overhead, en route from Tokyo (HND) to Goodyear (GYR) in the US. However, while the livery might make you think this is a JAL aircraft, the registration tells a different story. Until last month, the aircraft (33494) was registered […]
  • David Harris
  • April 6, 2017
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