Condor shifts from leisure to cargo with reconfigured 767s

Germany-based leisure airline Condor has begun operating “converted” versions of its 767-300ERs with seats removed from the passenger cabin, joining a growing list of airlines that are maximizing cargo volume during the COVID-19 crisis. Condor confirmed to Cargo Facts it has already converted four of its 767-300ERs, and plans to modify ten more aircraft. All […]

Lufthansa Technik to develop STC for ‘auxiliary freighters’

Lufthansa Technik is developing passenger-to-cargo conversion programs that temporarily reconfigure passenger aircraft as “auxiliary freighters” capable of transporting cargo on the passenger deck. The MRO has already converted four A330-300s for its carrier affiliate Lufthansa, and the modification was subsequently approved by the German Federal Aviation Authority. While the first four aircraft will be permitted […]

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 […]

Qantas, KLM fly passenger aircraft as freighters, Lufthansa and IAG may follow

[Note: Qantas has now decided to suspend all international passenger flying from the end of March until at least May 31, 2020.] As borders are severely restricted and passenger flights are cancelled around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more airlines are beginning to operate empty passenger aircraft for the sole purpose of carrying […]

Atlas posts $400M loss, parks four converted 747Fs

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings today reported a net loss of $410.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, partly resulting from a non-cash special charge of $485.2 million related to the write-down of the company’s whole 747-400F fleet due to lower cargo yields and aircraft utilization. Atlas posted the loss despite block hours in the […]

El Al ceases 747 freighter ops, looks to AirBridge and ASL for charters [VIDEO]

On 30 June, an El Al-operated 747-400F (26563) landed at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) on completion of a final commercial flight that originated in Liege, Belgium (LGG). El Al yesterday confirmed that it is retiring the freighter after nine years in service [FAT 005038]. Despite the retirement of the Israel-based carrier’s only freighter, El Al […]
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