AirBridgeCargo to become latest 777F operator?

On Aug. 17, a 777F in AirBridgeCargo (ABC) livery (66625) departed Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility and headed for Sharjah (SHJ), ahead of service entry with the carrier.   Once in service, the number of 777F operators will grow to nineteen. But will that number include ABC?  Despite having left PAE, a few regulatory hurdles remain on the path to service entry, and the carrier declined to provide a […]

China Eastern revealed as customer behind two 777Fs

The mystery is no more — the customer for the two 777Fs Volga-Dnepr Group tried to stop Boeing from selling is China Eastern. The order had been attributed to an unidentified customer in Boeing’s tally for May [FATs 005483-005484]. The first aircraft (66623) was seen returning from a test flight at Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility, […]

Emirates to operate 10 reconfigured 777-300ERs

Emirates has begun operating reconfigured 777-300ERs with seats removed to create additional cargo capacity. The airline has already modified seven aircraft, with three more to follow by mid-July. These reconfigured 777s, called “mini freighters” by Emirates SkyCargo, add to the carrier’s substantial fleet of passenger freighters — 777-300ERs that have their passenger cabins intact — […]

Boeing nabs freighter-only orders in May

Boeing secured firm orders for only nine aircraft in May, all relating to freighters, according to the planemaker’s orders and deliveries tally for the month. With the update, Boeing confirmed suspicions that UPS is the customer for a hotly contested 747-8F (63784) originally ordered by the Volga-Dnepr Group. FedEx also upped its official 767-300F backlog […]

Court denies Volga-Dnepr motion for restraining order against Boeing

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group’s application for a temporary restraining order to stop Boeing from selling one 747-8F (63784) and three 777Fs has been denied by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. The case concerns a December 2018 contract between Volga-Dnepr and Boeing for five 747-8Fs and another December 2018 contract for […]

Boeing deliveries continue despite shutdown

Boeing began a fourteen-day suspension of production in the Puget Sound region March 25, and extended the suspension April 5 until further notice, but that did not stop the manufacturer from delivering at least four completed aircraft to customers from its facility in Everett (PAE). A 767-300F (63115) was delivered to FedEx and flew to Indianapolis (IND) […]

AirBridgeCargo seeks to cull 747F fleet

Russia-based AirBridgeCargo (ABC) is in negotiations with lessors to terminate agreements on up to five 747 freighters. The carrier said it entered into discussions with its leasing partners late last year as air cargo demand slumped. In the fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak that has forced ABC to cancel flights, those talks have intensified in […]
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