Kalitta to modernize 747 fleet as 777-300ERSF launch operator

Kalitta Air has emerged as the launch operator for the freighter-converted 777-300ERSF and will lease three of the type from GECAS [FATs 005691-5693]. Kalitta told Cargo Facts the 777-300ERSFs will initially be used for growth, but in the long term will serve as replacements for the carrier’s older converted 747-400Fs. Kalitta Air has been evaluating […]

ASL prepares for Amazon 737 operations

ASL Airlines will soon begin flying 737-800BCFs on behalf of Amazon, becoming the newest carrier to operate aircraft painted in the e-commerce giant’s livery and the first in Europe. The first 737-800BCF in Amazon colors that was delisted from the U.S. register and delivered to Shannon (SNN) in late September (33544, ex-Ryanair) has now been […]

Wichita State adds 777P2F to curriculum

A second passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the 777-300ER is on the way. Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) will lead a public-private partnership that aims to develop and certify a 777-300ER conversion program, the university has announced. The program’s commercial partners include Sequoia Aircraft Conversions, which will market the conversion, and Kansas […]

Amazon to place more 737Fs with Sun Country

Sun Country Airlines is set to grow its CMI operation for Amazon with more 737 freighters. The e-commerce giant’s next 737-800BCF (29120, ex-Corendon Airlines) arrived in Everett (PAE) Oct. 6 after conversion by Boeing in China, showing “Operated by Sun Country, Inc.” near the cockpit windows. As with Amazon’s 737s currently being flown by the Minneapolis-based […]

Cardig Air boosts capacity with reactivation

Indonesia-based Cardig Air plans to resume operating a 737-300F by the end of August, increasing its narrowbody freighter fleet to two units [FAT 005570]. The aircraft (23258) was previously in service with the carrier, but was placed into storage in 2018. After being pulled out of storage, unit 23258 underwent a C-check and had both […]

E-commerce growth pushes Russia’s S7 to freighters

Russia-based S7 Airlines will become a freighter operator when it takes delivery of the first of two 737-800BCFs in November, in part to accommodate the region’s burgeoning e-commerce market. The carrier expects the second aircraft to arrive in January 2021. Both are being leased from GECAS [FATs 005562-005563]. S7 told Cargo Facts it had made […]

737-800 conversion market diversification accelerates in 2020

In a year that has seen rising interest in 737NG conversions, at least four companies new to the model have placed orders for up to eleven 737-800Fs so far in 2020, with more yet to be disclosed or announced. The following chart shows orders for 737 family and A321 conversions since January 2019.   Many 2020 […]
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