Hawaiian adds third ATR 72-200F

Hawaiian Airlines has taken redelivery of a third ATR 72-200F for subsidiary ‘Ohana and deployed the aircraft (432, ex-First Air) in revenue service yesterday, flying from Honolulu (HNL) to Lihue (LIH) [FAT 005060]. All of ‘Ohana’s ATRs are operated by Idaho-based Empire Airlines. Empire tells Cargo Facts that unit 432, which was inducted for conversion […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 15, 2019

Turboprop freighter fleet analysis 2019: A stable niche or still nascent?

The turboprop freighter fleet for aircraft with payloads of 3.8 - 8.8 tonnes grew by just 7% year-over-year to 181 units in June 2019, up 12 units from a total of 169 the year prior. While growth of 7% wouldn’t be unimpressive on its own, many of the additions this year stemmed from the reactivation […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 18, 2019

Cebu Pacific takes redelivery of first IPR-converted ATR 72F

IPR Conversions redelivered the first of two passenger-to-freighter converted ATR 72-500Fs to Philippines-based Cebu Pacific [FAT 005059]. The aircraft (820) was previously part of Cebu Pacific’s own passenger fleet and will be the airline’s first dedicated freighter. After making a couple of short test flights around Dinard (DNR), France, where the aircraft was converted to […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 18, 2019

Cebu Pacific looks to freight, ATR 72Fs for growth

Although Philippines-based Cebu Pacific reported 2018 full-year net income down 50.6% to P3.9 billion (US$74.4 million), from P7.9 billion ($151 million) the year prior, cargo was a bright spot. The carrier reported cargo volumes up 19% year-over-year, to 210,000 tonnes, and remains eager to add dedicated ATR 72-500Fs to its fleet. In July of last […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • March 25, 2019

CF EMEA 2019: lower asset utilization fuels European express market’s appetite for converted 767Fs

Low utilization rates and inefficient packaging are driving European express demand for freighter-converted 767Fs, said panelists at this week’s first-ever Cargo Facts EMEA event in Frankfurt. Dr. Joerg Andriof, Chief Operating Officer, Titan Aircraft Leasing, told delegates that the most efficient express networks in Europe utilize feeder aircraft, 737Fs, and 767Fs. “On the trunk routes […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 7, 2019

Hawaiian Airlines puts first two ATR 72-200Fs into scheduled service

The regional carrier of Hawaiian Airlines, Ohana, has launched scheduled inter-island cargo flights to Lihue (LIH) and Hilo (ITO) from its base at Honolulu Airport (HNL), with a pair of ATR 72-200Fs operated by Idaho-based Empire Airlines. Although Ohana’s first ATR 72-200F arrived in Hawaii last year, the carrier has only utilized the aircraft for test […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 17, 2018

The freighter conversion landscape: Part II

Yesterday we began our analysis of the changing freighter conversion market with a look at how the conversion landscape has evolved from a long period of very little change, to the current point of transition to a whole new landscape. You can read Part I here, and today we continue, first with some thoughts about how […]
  • David Harris
  • December 19, 2017

FedEx is the Launch Customer for ATR’s new production freighter

ATR signed an agreement with FedEx for the purchase of thirty ATR 72-600Fs, with options for twenty more. This will be ATR’s first production freighter. Until now, any carrier or lessor that wanted a turboprop freighter had to first acquire a used passenger unit, and then have it converted to freighter configuration. Most such conversions […]
  • David Harris
  • November 8, 2017
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