Saudia Cargo modernizes its freighter fleet

Saudia Cargo returned its last 747-200F (24399) off ACMI lease to Veteran Avia. Saudia still leases one 747-300F from Georgia-based AG Air, but Cargo Facts expects that that freighter, too, will be returned when its lease expires, as part of Saudia’s fleet modernization program. Over the last five years, Saudia has retired or returned to […]
  • David Harris
  • September 23, 2014

Swiftair orders four 737-400 conversions from AEI

Spain-based Swiftair placed a firm order for four 737-400 P-to-F conversions from Aeronautical Engineeers Inc, with an option for an additional four. The first aircraft (24438, ex-Samair) is in conversion at the Commercial Jet facility in Miami, the second (24445, ex-Wat Phnom Airlines) will enter conversion at the same facility shortly. In addition to 14 […]
  • David Harris
  • September 11, 2014

Air China Cargo continues freighter fleet modernization

Air China Cargo took delivery last week of another 777F (44682) from Boeing. This is the fifth of eight 777 Freighters the carrier has on firm order, and the delivery brings Air China Cargo one step closer to its goal of completely revamping its freighter fleet. The revamp is part of a broader deal reached in […]
  • David Harris
  • September 9, 2014

Martinair to get the chop? All eyes on Amsterdam…

Update with breaking news: Our guess, and the rumors reported below, turns out to be correct. Following the extraordinary Board meeting in Amsterdam today, Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac announced that the carrier would “accelerate the retirement” of many of its freighters, reducing the fleet from fourteen units today, to just five – two 777Fs […]
  • David Harris
  • September 4, 2014

CAL upgrades its fleet

CAL Cargo Airlines is an all-cargo carrier that operates a very small fleet of very large, and very old, freighters. In recent years, this has been a recipe for disaster, and we have seen one such carrier after another suffer financial losses and go out of business. Air Cargo Germany, Cargo B, Cargoitalia, DAS Air, […]
  • David Harris
  • August 22, 2014

Where have all the freighters gone?

Where have all the freighters gone? To the Persian Gulf, that’s where. For the last two years air freight industry news has been dominated by stories of the demise of the freighter aircraft. Air freight demand may be rising, but, if you believe the headlines, all that freight will soon be moving in the bellies […]
  • David Harris
  • July 16, 2014
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