Freighter fleet analysis part I: European metal

Were “innovation” to be defined by a cargo airline’s propensity to add the latest production and conversion freighter models, airlines in Europe would do quite well. Unfortunately, that remains a rather unconventional way to define innovation. Still, over the course of 2018, carriers with European Air Operator Certificates (AOC) have surfaced as early adopters of […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 6, 2018

ASL Airlines prepares for arrival of second 737-800BCF

GECAS took redelivery of a Boeing-converted 737-800BCF (32610, ex-China Southern Airlines) earlier this week, and will ferry the aircraft to Liege next week, where it will be handed over on lease to ASL Airlines Belgium. ASL expects to put the incoming 737-800BCF into service on behalf of express customer FedEx later next month. This is […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 30, 2018

Longhao launches first international cargo flights

Today, Guangzhou-based Longhao Airlines became the latest carrier in China to commence scheduled international freighter operations with the launch of three-times weekly 737-300F flights between Xi’an Xianyang Airport (XIA) in Central China and Hanoi Noi Bai Airport (HAN) in Vietnam. Longhao’s flight network is expanding as it prepares to put a fourth 737-300F into commercial […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 27, 2018

West Atlantic to operate 737-400Fs for FedEx

Sweden-based West Atlantic Group, parent of West Atlantic, a European cargo airline specializing in mail and express logistics announced in March 2018 that its four forthcoming 737-800BCFS would operate “on behalf of an express logistics provider in its current EU-network,” with the last aircraft entering into service in the first quarter of 2019. Yesterday, concurrently with […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 31, 2018

AeroLogic fleet to grow as Lufthansa Cargo looks beyond Frankfurt

Leipzig-based AeroLogic, a 50/50 joint venture of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo, announced today that it will begin operating an eleventh 777F in January 2019. Lufthansa Cargo will lease the aircraft from Boeing Capital and plans to market the freighter’s capacity independently of DHL Express, further diversifying AeroLogic’s operational model. For Lufthansa Cargo, adding a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 28, 2018

Freighter aircraft leasing: Portfolios full of narrowbodies – part II

Yesterday we began our annual analysis of freighter aircraft leasing with an overview of the lessors involved in freighter aircraft leasing. You can read part I here. Today in part II, we look at the leased freighter fleet by carrier. Turning now an analysis of the fleets of carriers that lease freighter aircraft begins to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 14, 2018

Freighter aircraft leasing: Portfolios full of narrowbodies – part I

Today we begin our annual analysis of the increasingly complex world of freighter aircraft leasing. In this multi-part series, we start with an overview of the lessors involved in freighter aircraft leasing. In part II, we look at the leased freighter fleet by carrier.  The process a carrier must undergo to expand its fleet is […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 13, 2018

Freighter aircraft transactions through the end of July

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 30, 2018
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