Overheard at Cargo Facts Asia

SHANGHAI – A record crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai late last month for Cargo Facts Asia 2017 – the sixth annual presentation of what is now undeniably the region’s premier industry event. After five years in Hong Kong, record attendance […]
  • David Harris
  • May 18, 2017

UPS reports strong all-round growth

UPS reported first-quarter net income up 2.4% y-o-y to $1.16 billion as revenue increased 6.2% to $15.32 billion. Operating profit for the quarter, however, was down 2.1% to $1.78 billion as fuel surcharge revenue lagged a big increase in fuel expense. In recent years, the quarterly reports from the world’s big express companies have often […]
  • David Harris
  • April 28, 2017

PEMCO launches 737-700 conversion programs, books launch order

SHANGHAI – At the Cargo Facts Asia event in Shanghai today, PEMCO World Air Services formally launched passenger-to-freighter and passenger-to-combi programs for Boeing’s 737-700. PEMCO, which was recently acquired by Air Transport Services Group, also announced a launch order from Bahrain-based Chisholm Enterprises, parent of charter operator Texel Air, for the combi variant. Given the […]
  • David Harris
  • April 26, 2017

EFW offers “14 + 10” pallet positions on A321 P-to-F

SHANGHAI: At the Cargo Facts Asia event in Shanghai yesterday, Wolfgang Schmid, EFW’s VP Sales & Marketing, announced that the company’s A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion would offer fourteen full-size (AAY) main-deck pallet positions, plus ten LD3-45W positions in the lower hold. This, EFW says, means that its A321P2F will offer the equivalent of seventeen full-size positions, […]
  • David Harris
  • April 26, 2017

First A330-200 enters freighter conversion

EFW inducted the first A330-200 for conversion to freighter configuration. The Chairman of EgyptAir Cargo (a pilot himself) flew it from Cairo to Dresden. And the plane actually carried revenue cargo on the flight – EFW tells Cargo Facts that with the cabin removed, the aircraft needed ballast, and, rather than use sandbags, EgyptAir loaded it with […]
  • David Harris
  • April 19, 2017

E-commerce drives express fleet expansion — Part III

Today we conclude our three-part analysis of the worldwide express fleet. In Part I, we started with some background, and then a look at some of the smaller (and perhaps more interesting) companies. In Part II we looked at changes to the fleets of two of the three biggest players – FedEx and UPS. Today with finish with […]
  • David Harris
  • April 14, 2017

E-commerce drives express fleet expansion — Part II

Today, in Part II of our annual analysis of the worldwide express fleet, we look at changes to the fleets of two of the three biggest players – FedEx and UPS. We start with TNT, which was acquired by FedEx last year. (You can read Part I here.) As part of FedEx’s acquisition of TNT Express, Ireland-based […]
  • David Harris
  • April 13, 2017

UPS goes for 767 conversions

As I write this in Seattle this morning, a 767-300ER, in Japan Airlines livery, is passing overhead, en route from Tokyo (HND) to Goodyear (GYR) in the US. However, while the livery might make you think this is a JAL aircraft, the registration tells a different story. Until last month, the aircraft (33494) was registered […]
  • David Harris
  • April 6, 2017

Solenta Aviation to fly newly-converted ATR-72F for DHL

Yesterday, South Africa-based Solenta Aviation took redelivery of an ATR72-200F, converted to large-door freighter configuration by Switzerland-based IPR Conversions Ltd., at its ASI-Maintenance facility in Toulouse, France. IPR holds the STCs to perform both bulk-load and large-door modifications on the ATR72-200 and -500 series turboprobs. The first STC is for what IPR refers to as […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 28, 2017

The distribution of widebody freighters — Part II

Yesterday we began an analysis of the way the 1,002 widebody freighters currently in service are operated and how the different types of widebody freighters are distributed within the fleet by type. You can read Part I here, and today we conclude with an examination of the distribution by manufacturer, by operator type, and by geographical […]
  • David Harris
  • March 9, 2017
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