Demand snapshot: September traffic holds steady as yields swell

Fewer carriers are reporting monthly traffic figures on a regular basis this year following monumental dislocations in capacity. Carriers based in the Asia-Pacific region are among the exceptions, and continue to report with a degree of regularity.   While the reduced availability of scheduled lowerhold capacity makes annual comparisons irrelevant for most carriers, many of the region’s carriers continued to report traffic […]

Delta accelerates 767-300 retirements

Delta Air Lines, the largest operator of 767-300ERs in passenger configuration prior to the onset of the pandemic, will retire the remaining forty-nine 767-300ERs in its fleet by December 2025. With the market heating up for 767 conversions, this large pool of airframes will be evaluated for its suitability as conversion candidates. Airframe pricing, cycles […]

Conversion outlook: How many retired 767s will end up as freighters?

How many of the 280 operable 767-300ERs under age twenty-six are destined to become twenty-four pallet 767-300Fs? The pandemic may be changing the calculus.  Of the younger-vintage 767-300ERs, just 102 aircraft are currently active, according to data from ch-aviation. More than half (146) are currently in storage, twenty-six are in maintenance, and six are in conversion.   […]

US carriers mixed on use of pax cabins for cargo following FAA approval

Some U.S.-based carriers are planning to transport cargo on seats on the main decks of passenger airplanes soon, following the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision last week to partially grant an exemption allowing for the practice. Alaska and Delta airlines both confirmed in mid-May to Cargo Facts that they were seeking FAA approval for such […]

The first A350 freighters?

Finnair is modifying two passenger A350-900s to increase the aircraft’s ability to exclusively carry cargo during the COVID-19 crisis. Still a far cry from a yet-to-be-launched factory-built A350F in terms of operational characteristics, the reconfigured aircraft will soon carry cargo on the main deck. The airline confirmed to Cargo Facts that, while it is considering […]

130+ passenger aircraft added to ‘COVID-19 freighter fleet’

As borders are severely restricted and passenger flights are cancelled around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, at least forty airlines have operated some 135 empty passenger aircraft for the sole purpose of carrying cargo, analysis by Cargo Facts has found. With bellyholds traditionally moving 40%-80% of the cargo on a given lane, the […]

AA accelerates fleet retirements, frees up feedstock

American Airlines’ plans to accelerate the retirement of its older aircraft in light of the sharp drop in passenger traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a feedstock situation that could be attractive for those looking to add 757 freighters. Apart from cutting much of its international traffic, Doug Parker, CEO of American […]

CFS 2019: Delta investment, e-commerce to create opportunities for LATAM Cargo

SAN DIEGO – Despite a weak air cargo market in 2019, Santiago-headquartered LATAM Cargo is optimistic about the long-term prospects for airfreight in Latin America. E-commerce, both domestic and cross-border, will be a major driver for trade requiring expedited transportation, Andres Bianchi, CEO, LATAM Cargo told Chelsea Toczauer, associate editor, Cargo Facts, on the sidelines […]
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