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BBAM quietly forays into next-gen narrowbody conversions

San Francisco-headquartered BBAM is gradually expanding its footprint in the next-generation narrowbody conversion space, and with the recent redeliveries to China Postal Airlines, the lessor has become the first known lessor to have ordered conversions for both the 737 NG and the A321. China Postal received its first 737-800BCF in August 2019 and the second […]

EFW redelivers third A330-300P2F to DHL

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has redelivered the third freighter-converted A330-300F (231, ex-Thai Airways) to DHL Express [FAT 005124]. Following the redelivery, the express carrier has five more A330-300P2Fs on firm order, and options for ten more. After having conducted two test flights on Aug. 27 and Sept. 2, the aircraft  flew from Dresden (DRS) to Malta […]

Qantas to add A321P2Fs, but from whom?

Australian carrier Qantas will introduce up to three passenger-to-freighter converted A321s to its fleet, as part of an expanded seven-year agreement signed with Australia Post [FATs 005092-5093]. With the first aircraft entering into service in October 2020, the A321P2Fs will be flying exclusively for Australia Post, which has had an airmail agreement with Qantas since […]

Freighter aircraft leasing part II: E-commerce behind growing leasing market

Last week, we began our two-part annual analysis of the increasingly complex world of freighter aircraft leasing. In part I, we started with an overview of how the freighter fleet belonging to lessors has evolved since our analysis a year ago. In part II, we consider the leased fleet by carrier, and how year-over-year shifts […]

Titan Airways receives second 737-400SF; expects first A321P2F by year-end 2020

U.K.-based Titan Airways has taken redelivery of its second 737-400SF from Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) [FAT 005041-5042]. The aircraft (25853, ex-British Airways), on lease from Automatic LLC and previously part of Titan’s own passenger fleet, was inducted for conversion at the Commercial Jet facility in Dothan, Alabama (DHN), in October 2018. It was ferried from […]

Air Hong Kong to bring ASL-operated A330Fs under own AOC

Wholly owned Cathay Pacific-subsidiary Air Hong Kong (AHK) will soon be operating at least two A330 freighters under its own AOC, the carrier told Cargo Facts. While the carrier currently operates ten A300-600Fs, it had previously contracted ASL Airlines Ireland to operate a small fleet of A330Fs on an ACMI basis. The first aircraft, an […]

Freighter aircraft transactions through June

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]

EFW inducts 777 into Dresden facility for DHL freighter conversion

On Tuesday evening, 777 arrived at EFW's Dresden facility where it was inducted for conversion to freighter configuration. Not a "777" airframe, but rather an A330-300 with MSN 777 (ex-China Eastern Airlines) [FAT 005033]. Following conversion, the aircraft will be the fourth A330 to be converted and enter service on behalf of DHL Express, operated […]
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