Qatar sells A330-200F to Hungary

One of Qatar Airways’ A330-200Fs has been acquired by the Hungarian government, according to local publication Origo. The aircraft (1578) will reportedly be operated by low-cost carrier Wizz Air [FAT 005604]. Apart from a test flight around Doha (DOH) on Aug. 31, unit 1578 had not flown since being removed from service after mid-July. In […]

Atlas Air flies high on charters

On the back of what President and CEO John Dietrich called “an exceptional quarter,” Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reported an adjusted net income of $123.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, compared to $4.5 million for the same period in 2019. The charter segment was a significant contributor to the second-quarter performance. […]

Cainiao to quadruple charter flights

Alibaba’s logistics affiliate Cainiao plans to quadruple international charter flight bookings to an estimated 1,260 flights over the next nine months as part of a series of investments totaling $140 million (RMB 1 billion) aimed at reducing average delivery times for its cross-border shipments. Cainiao expects the increased reliance on own-controlled charter flights to shorten […]

JD expands 737-300F charter operation

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has begun a second own-controlled route under its partnership with Loong Air. The Zhejiang-based carrier started flying a 737-300F (27518, ex-Air China) chartered by JD between Wuxi (WUX) and Tianjin (TSN) on June 16, ahead of JD’s June 18 anniversary sale event. Unit 27518, which features JD Express branding and offers 130 cubic […]

Atlas Air bounces back in first quarter as 747 demand surges

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., the world’s largest operator of 747 freighters, reported a net profit of $23.4 million in the first quarter of 2020 as charter demand surged. Demand for the 747 platform, which was sluggish toward the end of 2019, took a 180-degree turn in 1Q20 as a result of COVID-19 disruptions that […]

Wallace on Kalitta’s COVID-19 operations

For a cargo carrier like U.S.-based Kalitta Air, which specializes in ACMI and charter operations, the COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing capacity crunch has resulted in extremely high fleet utilization, as shippers and forwarders have turned to freighter operators for help in flying their freight. Of course, one factor working in Kalitta’s favor is its […]

ACS sees spike in freighter charters, tight supply for aircraft

U.K.-based Air Charter Service (ACS) is responding to a surge in cargo charters on the heels of escalating Covid-19 travel restrictions and flight cancellations that have led to dramatic reductions in global bellyhold capacity. What began in late February as an uptick in requests for lift out of Asia has, in recent weeks, evolved to […]

Kalitta sees record fleet utilization

U.S.-based ACMI and charter operator Kalitta Air is experiencing one of the highest fleet utilization rates in its history. As much of the passenger fleet around the world is parked in storage for at least the next couple of months to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, cargo carriers are benefiting from the ensuing […]
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