Freighters carry medical aid from China to Europe

As the COVID-19 crisis worsens in Europe, a plethora of medical equipment and aid is now being flown in from China by a range of freighter aircraft, whether production, converted or makeshift. ASL Airlines Belgium is currently operating ten flights a week using 747-400Fs between Liege and China. While these flights transported medical supplies from […]

Ex-Alaska 737-400 combis start to find new life as full freighters

Canada-based Avmax took redelivery of the first of two combi-to-freighter converted 737-400Fs (25099, ex-Alaska Airlines) it has on order with PEMCO World Air Services. Avmax tells Cargo Facts that a second 737-400M (25100) has also been converted to full-freighter configuration and that it is considering full-freighter conversion as an option for the remaining three 737-400 Combis in its portfolio.  Starting with the first […]

Air France-KLM to retire 747 combis by 2021, freighters to remain

Air France-KLM will withdraw from service the remainder of its 747 passenger and combi fleet, comprising five 747-400Ms and five 747-400s, by 2021, the carrier recently announced. No immediate changes, meanwhile, are planned for the group’s six-strong freighter fleet.  A formal retirement schedule for the 747s will ultimately depend on the rate at which the group’s backlog of […]

PEMCO shows off new 737 ‘FlexCombi’

PEMCO World Air Services is displaying the first 737-700 passenger-to-FlexCombi converted aircraft at this week’s Bahrain International Air Show. PEMCO launched the conversion program in April 2017, when it also announced Bahrain-based Chisholm Enterprises, the parent of charter operator Texel Air, as the launch customer for the combi aircraft. This is not the first combi […]

PEMCO launches 737-700 conversion programs, books launch order

SHANGHAI – At the Cargo Facts Asia event in Shanghai today, PEMCO World Air Services formally launched passenger-to-freighter and passenger-to-combi programs for Boeing’s 737-700. PEMCO, which was recently acquired by Air Transport Services Group, also announced a launch order from Bahrain-based Chisholm Enterprises, parent of charter operator Texel Air, for the combi variant. Given the […]

A new combi enters service

Ryukyu Air Commuter took delivery of Bombardier’s first Q400 combi. When Bombardier launched the Q400 Combi program in 2014, it said it had a launch order from an unidentified customer, but it kept that customer’s identity under wraps until just three months ago, when it announced Ryukyu’s order for five of the type. Ryukyu Air Commuter is a regional […]

Paris – a good show for freighters

In recent years, the world’s big air shows have not featured much interest in freighters, but things changed at this year’s Paris Air Show. The charts below summarize the 990 orders and commitments announced at the show for full-size commercial jets, regional jets, and turboprops. These include firm orders, letters of intent, and memoranda of understanding, […]

A new 737-300 conversion program

PEMCO World Air Services, in partnership with Canada-based Kelowna Flightcraft, is in the late stages of developing a multi-configuration 737-300 conversion program to meet the needs of Yellowknife-based carrier Canadian North, which has for some time been looking for a way to replace its four aging 737-200C aircraft. The conversion will be based on several […]
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