More freighters for AirBridge

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) will take two more freighters into its fleet this year – and has said it is considering a further two. Speaking to Cargo Facts’ European editor Alex Lennane, ABC’s Executive President Denis Ilin said that one 747-400ERF, formerly oper­ated by KLM/Martinair Cargo (35233), was completing test flights in Amsterdam in early January in anticipation […]

Saudia Cargo fleet revamp will hit lessors

Saudia Cargo, the cargo arm of Saudi Arabian flag carrier Saudia, confirmed what Cargo Facts has said since the beginning of this year: that it is the customer for four 777Fs (ordered by the Saudi government, but shown by Boeing as “Unidentified Customer”), which will be delivered between April and December next year. But that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]
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