Finnair exits the long-haul freighter market

Finnair Cargo, the cargo arm of Helsinki-based Finnair, will end its long-haul freighter operations effective late December and from that time on rely exclusively on the belly capacity of its rapidly-expanding long-haul passenger fleet. In 2011 the Finnair Group took a 40% stake in startup carrier Nordic Global Airlines, and moved Finnair Cargo’s two MD-11Fs […]
  • David Harris
  • December 4, 2014

Western Global acquires another MD-11F

US-based startup all-cargo operator Western Global Airlines acquired another MD-11F (48545, ex-China Cargo Airlines) on lease from Neff Air. Western Global received its Air Operator Certificate in August and has now begun flying, operating an MD-11F (48435) for sister company Nordic Global Airline. It also has a third MD-11 freighter (48415) which, like the other two, […]
  • David Harris
  • September 26, 2014

Martinair to get the chop? All eyes on Amsterdam…

Update with breaking news: Our guess, and the rumors reported below, turns out to be correct. Following the extraordinary Board meeting in Amsterdam today, Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac announced that the carrier would “accelerate the retirement” of many of its freighters, reducing the fleet from fourteen units today, to just five – two 777Fs […]
  • David Harris
  • September 4, 2014

Global Associated Aviation (or: Son of Avient)

The tangled lineage of companies descended from Avient Aviation just became even more tangled, with the announcement by the directors of Zimbabwe-registered AV Cargo that they had formed a new company, Global Associated Aviation Ltd, to offer a single MD-11F for short-term ACMI contracts. To make sense of this, one needs to go back several […]
  • David Harris
  • September 4, 2014

Olá Brazil

Just in time for the Brazil-hosted world cup, Lufthansa Cargo has taken delivery of its fourth 777F (D-ALFD, MSN: 41677), featuring the name "Olá Brazil." All four of the carrier's new 777Fs greet the markets in which they will operate as locals - "Good Day, USA," "Jambo Kenya," and "Ni Hao, China" came previously.
  • David Harris
  • June 26, 2014

Another MD-11F for Western Global?

US-based lessor GECAS leased an MD-11F (48415 ex-Shanghai Airlines) to an undisclosed customer, with the freighter now “in final prep for delivery”. The US Federal Aviation Administration shows a pending registration change for the freighter to N415JN, which suggests the lessee could be Western Global Airlines. Western Global, a startup controlled by long-time US cargo industry […]
  • David Harris
  • June 26, 2014

Lufthansa Cargo switches to lightweight ULDs

Lufthansa Cargo has completed its switchover to an all-lightweight LD3 container fleet, with a weight saving of 14 kg per container. Lufthansa Cargo says it carries out close to 500,000 container movements per year, and the switch to the new lightweight LD3s will cut its annual fuel consumption by 2,000 tonnes, and reduce CO2 emissions […]
  • David Harris
  • June 13, 2014

EVA confirms freighter fleet replacement

EVA confirmed its plan to replace 747-400 and MD-11 freighters with 777Fs. Speaking at a ceremony marking the simultaneous delivery of two 777-300ER passenger aircraft last month, EVA Air Chairman Zhang Wei confirmed the carrier’s intent to replace its nine 747-400Fs and three MD-11Fs with 777Fs. Various EVA executives have made similar comments in the […]
  • David Harris
  • June 11, 2014
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