CFS 2019: Strength of domestic express, feedstock issues dominate Symposium discussions

SAN DIEGO – On the sidelines of Cargo Facts Symposium 2019, Chelsea Toczauer, associate editor, Cargo Facts sat down with Rich Corrado, president, ATSG to discuss growth prospects for the U.S. domestic express fleet, and his reflections on Cargo Facts Symposium 2019. Despite softening demand for international long-haul transportation, Corrado expects robust demand from domestic […]

CFS 2019: Program delays and tight feedstock supply constrain in-flux narrowbody conversion market

SAN DIEGO – Conversion houses and OEMs have developed, or are in various stages of developing, a new generation of narrowbody freighter conversion programs based on the A320-family and 737-NG platforms. Although operator demand remains strong, redeliveries have yet to reach their full potential, according to panelists on a conversion panel last week at Cargo […]

CFS 2019: Outsized cargo transportation after the 747-8F

SAN DIEGO  – “We don’t see a clear successor to the 747-8F, the 747-400F or the An-124,” said Michael Steen, COO, Atlas Air Worldwide during a discussion about widebody freighters at Cargo Facts Symposium 2019. Atlas Air is currently the operator of the world’s largest fleet of nose-loading freighters, which are used not only for […]

CFS 2019: ATR optimistic about opportunities outside Europe and U.S.

SAN DIEGO – While recent redeliveries of ATR conversions have been predominantly destined for operators in Europe and the U.S., one notable exception was Philippines-based Cebu Pacific, which received its first ATR 72-500F in July 2019, converted by IPR Conversions. The airline is expecting a second freighter-converted ATR 72-500F by the end of the year. […]

Vallair expanding engine portfolio to support narrowbody freighter conversions

Luxembourg-based Vallair, which signed on as the launch customer for A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion programs with both EFW and 321 Precision Conversions, is set to begin placing freighter-converted A321s with Qantas Freight and other carriers next year. Although sourcing suitable engines for 737 NG and A320-family narrowbody aircraft remains a challenge, the leasing and trading company […]

CFS 2019: A330P2Fs won’t supplant freighter-converted 767s for 3-5 years

SAN DIEGO – Although the A330 is seen as a likely successor to freighter-converted 767-300s, not for 3-5 years, said Rich Corrado, president Air Transport Services Group (ATSG). With an estimated 220 airframes remaining in passenger service of an age suitable for conversion, which for ATSG’s portfolio tends to be in a range of 15-25 […]

Cargo Facts Symposium Day 1: key takeaways

SAN DIEGO – A crowd of distinguished air cargo executives gathered for Cargo Facts Symposium 2019, held at the Intercontinental San Diego. Although the air cargo industry faces uncertainty on multiple fronts such as trade and political headwinds, and aircraft program complications, delegates remain overwhelmingly upbeat on long-term growth prospects for the industry. A few […]

Speakers from ATR and SF Express to speak at Cargo Facts Symposium

In just a few weeks, Gilles Collaveri, asset manager & freighter director at ATR and George Li, group vice president of SF Express and president of SF Airlines will speak at  Cargo Facts Symposium 2019. Don’t miss your chance to join us Oct. 16-18 at the Intercontinental San Diego. Collaveri is currently in charge of the […]
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