Government shutdown holds up STCs, could ground aircraft

The shutdown of massive sections of the United States federal government and subsequent furlough of hundreds of thousands of federal employees – including 18,000 “non-essential” employees working in the Federal Aviation Administration – has already affected the aviation industry, and will only get worse for all facets of the air cargo equipment industry if it […]
  • Charles Kauffman and Caryn Livingston
  • January 11, 2019

Who’s who in freighter conversions part II: the major conversion houses

Today we conclude our two-part analysis of the passenger-to-freighter conversion market. In part I yesterday, we began with a look at that market’s move into conversions of Next Generation, or NG, aircraft, and some thoughts on how future widebody conversion programs are likely to play out. In part II today, we take a look at […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 12, 2018

Who’s who in freighter conversions part I: the next generation and beyond

Last year, the conversion industry finally pushed forward the next generation of conversions with the redelivery of the first freighter-converted next-generation (NG) narrowbody aircraft – Alaska Airlines’ 737-700BDSF converted by Bedek Aviation Group. Boeing aircraft weren’t the only airframe types to find new life as freighters among the next generation, either, as a year ago […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 11, 2018

Longhao Airlines is the newest 737-400F operator on the block

Guangzhou-based all-cargo carrier Longhao Airlines took redelivery today of its first 737-400F (27916, ex-Japan Transocean Airlines). The PEMCO-converted aircraft redelivery represents the third aircraft the fledgling carrier has imported since the beginning of this year and grows the carrier’s freighter fleet to six units – three of which, not including the 737-400F, are currently active. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 27, 2018

PEMCO shows off new 737 ‘FlexCombi’

PEMCO World Air Services is displaying the first 737-700 passenger-to-FlexCombi converted aircraft at this week’s Bahrain International Air Show. PEMCO launched the conversion program in April 2017, when it also announced Bahrain-based Chisholm Enterprises, the parent of charter operator Texel Air, as the launch customer for the combi aircraft. This is not the first combi […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 14, 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

Azul Cargo Express’ first 737-400F arrived in Brazil

Brazil-based Azul Cargo Express’ first 737-400F arrived in Belo Horizonte this week, sporting a new livery. The aircraft (28198, ex-Miami International) recently underwent conversion to freighter configuration by PEMCO and is on lease from Vx Capital Partners. Azul Cargo Express said this freighter – the first of two 737-400Fs has agreed to lease from Vx […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 13, 2018

Finding the sweet spot for next-gen narrowbody conversions

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of excitement (and jockeying by conversion houses) over the newest generation of narrowbody freighters, the Boeing 737NGs (737-700/-800) and Airbus A320 family (A320/321). As these newer freighters stand poised to begin replacing older types, let’s take an early look at the new programs and the […]
  • Alan Hedge
  • July 12, 2018
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