Weekly Wrap: Here come the A321 freighters

The A321F has very much been the star of the past week, with the first aircraft converted to freighter configuration by 321 Precision Conversions taking flight, the first EFW frame leaving Singapore on delivery, and a new operator committing to the platform.   In this Cargo Facts Connect episode, Senior Editor Charles Kauffman and Associate Editor Jeff Lee discuss these developments and look ahead to […]

Nose-to-tail freighter conversions in September FATs

Cargo Facts logged forty-eight freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) during the month of September, up five from the transaction volume recorded in August, as nose-to-tail redeliveries and inductions of freighter conversions defined the month. Aircraft contributing to growth of the Amazon Air fleet dominated 767-300 and 737-800 transactions. The Amazon Air 767-300BDSF fleet increased by two units with […]

AEI converts MD-83s for Mexican carrier

Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) will convert two additional MD-83s for Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM, after which the carrier’s fleet will include fourteen freighter-converted MD-83SFs.   The first aircraft (49945, ex-Ameristar) will be inducted for conversion at the Commercial Jet facility in Miami (MIA) in March, while touch labor on the second aircraft will begin in November this year at the same facility.   […]

Production freighters outnumber conversion redeliveries in August

Despite being a comparatively slow month for freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) with just 26 transactions logged in August, compared to 51 in July, it was a busy month for production freighter deliveries. Boeing delivered a total of five widebody freighters to express carriers with FedEx adding two 777Fs and two 767-300Fs, and UPS adding a […]

Asia Pacific Airlines adding third 757F, looks ahead to further fleet expansion

Guam-based all-cargo carrier Asia Pacific Airlines took redelivery of a third freighter-converted 757-200PCF (25140, ex-OpenSkies) following conversion by Precision Aircraft Solutions [FAT 004931]. The aircraft is number three in a trio of 757Fs the carrier is gradually introducing to replace its aging 727Fs, the last of which (22462) will continue to fly until the end […]

2800+ new freighters to be added in the next 20 years, forecast finds

This is the first of three posts on the future freighter fleet based on the 2019 Freighter Forecast, published by Cargo Facts Consulting. The global freighter fleet will add 2,380 jet freighters and 421 feeder aircraft, according to Cargo Facts Consulting’s latest 20-Year Freighter Forecast. The 2019 Freighter Forecast was released today by Cargo Facts Consulting […]

Longhao Airlines is the newest 737-400F operator on the block

Guangzhou-based all-cargo carrier Longhao Airlines took redelivery today of its first 737-400F (27916, ex-Japan Transocean Airlines). The PEMCO-converted aircraft redelivery represents the third aircraft the fledgling carrier has imported since the beginning of this year and grows the carrier’s freighter fleet to six units – three of which, not including the 737-400F, are currently active. […]
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