Qantas, KLM fly passenger aircraft as freighters, Lufthansa and IAG may follow

[Note: Qantas has now decided to suspend all international passenger flying from the end of March until at least May 31, 2020.] As borders are severely restricted and passenger flights are cancelled around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more airlines are beginning to operate empty passenger aircraft for the sole purpose of carrying […]

Widebody wind down seen in February freighter aircraft transactions

For the first time since 2015, there was a net reduction to large widebody capacity for the month of February 2020.  Five large widebody freighters were removed as CargologicAir, FedEx and Lufthansa Cargo parked or retired freighters. During the same period, just four large widebody freighters were added to the fleets of DHL Express, Cargolux […]

As main-deck demand surges, 747Fs remain in storage

While the passenger airline business suffers from capacity cuts on an unprecedented scale due to the coronavirus pandemic, freighter operators are experiencing a surge in demand and charter activity as less and less belly capacity becomes available. However, no parked freighters appear to have been removed from storage and brought back into service so far. […]

FedEx accelerates MD-10-10F retirement, receives final production 767F for 2019

FedEx will speed up the withdrawal of its MD-10-10F fleet, with nine more aircraft to be retired over the next six months, as the company took delivery of its fifteenth 767-300F (63113) this calendar year [FAT 005268]. Apart from unit 63113, which is the 20th and final production 767-300F delivered by Boeing in 2019, FedEx […]
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