AEI converts MD-83s for Mexican carrier

Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) will convert two additional MD-83s for Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM, after which the carrier’s fleet will include fourteen freighter-converted MD-83SFs.   The first aircraft (49945, ex-Ameristar) will be inducted for conversion at the Commercial Jet facility in Miami (MIA) in March, while touch labor on the second aircraft will begin in November this year at the same facility.   […]

Fleet modernization boosts December 2019 widebody freighter aircraft transactions

Of the twenty-seven freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) recorded by Cargo Facts in December 2019, nearly two-thirds involved widebody aircraft. Fleet modernization efforts undertaken by carriers such as Lufthansa Cargo and FedEx prompted many of the transactions involving twin-aisle freighters. To continue reading this feature, please go to Page 14 of our January 2020 issue.

European freighter fleet analysis (Part I): 737 Classics drive growth, for now

In a year as tumultuous as 2019, it’s encouraging to see that European carriers continued to add freighter aircraft. Today we begin an analysis which will take a closer look at these fleets, starting with narrowbody jets in Part I and moving to widebodies in Part II. To begin with, we note that for this […]

PEMCO’s 737-700 FlexCombi completes FAA certification flights, nears STC

Yesterday, PEMCO completed flight testing with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its 737-700 FlexCombi conversion program. The conformity aircraft (30293, an ex-Yakutia) landed in Tampa (TPA) at 3:53PM local time after passing a smoke intrusion test – the last in a series of flight tests with the FAA ahead of the program’s receipt of […]

Swiftair’s Cygnus Air adds first of three planned 757-200PCFs from Jetran

Spain-based Swiftair added a 757-200PCF this week (24613, ex-American Airlines) following conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions at Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville, Florida.  [FATs 00525-005259]. The aircraft was the first of three Swiftair-bound conversions ordered by Jetran and will be operating for Swiftair’s affiliate carrier, Cygnus Air, which the company acquired last […]

SF Express earmarks $212 million for aircraft purchases in latest bond offer

This week, Shenzhen-based SF Holdings, the parent of SF Express and SF Airlines, announced the issuance of six-year convertible bonds in hopes of raising US$825 million (5.8 billion yuan). Of this amount, the largest allocation, some $212 million, will go towards aviation-related expenses including maintenance of SF Airlines’ existing freighter fleet, and to fund the […]

Citilink deploys 737-500 in cargo configuration for Garuda, sans cargo door

Indonesia-based Citilink, an affiliate carrier of Garuda Indonesia, has torn out the seats of a 737-500 (28727) that was previously in storage, and will begin operating the aircraft in cargo configuration. The aircraft in “Garuda Cargo” livery was unveiled at a Nov. 10 ceremony held at the Aeroasia hangar at Jakarta airport (CGK). A cargo […]
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