Widebodies less likely to see second life as freighters

SAN DIEGO – After years of stagnant demand for widebody freighter conversions, 2016 saw the market suddenly bounce back. Last year, fourteen 767 P-to-F conversions were added to the global widebody freighter fleet (eleven 767-300BDSFs and three 767-300BCFs), and a similar number will be put into service in 2017. However, according to speakers on an […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 13, 2017

4Q revenue up, profit down, but ATSG sees blue skies ahead

Air Transport Services Group reported fourth-quarter net income of US$1.5 million, down 89.6% from 4Q15, as revenue rose 22.1% to $222 million. Operating income (EBIT) for the quarter was down 19.6% to $18 million. However, both the net income and operating income figures come with significant asterisks, and mean very little on their own. As […]
  • David Harris
  • March 7, 2017

DHL completes expansion of its Americas Hub

DHL Express completed a major expansion of its main hub for the Americas, and is on a hiring spree to increase its workforce there by almost 40%. The expansion at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) includes a new, 45 acre (18.2 hectare) north ramp with sixteen additional aircraft gates (bringing the hub’s total capacity to sixty-five […]
  • David Harris
  • March 1, 2017

Amazon’s Prime Air to commence operations at CVG beginning in spring 2017

At the beginning of the month, Seattle-based Amazon announced plans to shutter its Prime Air operations at Wilmington Air Park (ILN) in Ohio, and construct a new “centralized air hub” at nearby Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) in Hebron, Kentucky – just 110 km to the southwest. (For a more detailed analysis, see Amazon to abandon Wilmington […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 20, 2017

Amazon to abandon Wilmington hub for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

Yesterday, Seattle-based Amazon announced that it will shutter operations at Wilmington Air Park (ILN) in Ohio, and construct a new US$1.49 billion “centralized air hub” to support its Prime Air operations at nearby Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) in Hebron, Kentucky – just 110 km to the southwest. In parallel, CVG Airport’s board recently inked a fifty-year […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 1, 2017

Prime Air fleet update – January 2017

Amazon’s Prime Air fleet continued to grow throughout January 2017. Both Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) added freighters to the Amazon Prime fleet during the month. Air Transport Services Group took redelivery of a 767-300BDSF (24036, ex-American) following conversion by Bedek. Cargo Aircraft Management (ATSG’s leasing arm) leased the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 31, 2017

E-commerce and express traffic drive growth at Seattle’s airport in 2016

Last year, Seattle-based Amazon launched a dedicated air freight network, “Prime Air” and began carrying cargo between major distribution centers in the United States with a fleet of 767 freighters operated operated by Atlas Air and ATSG. With initial plans that call for a fleet of forty aircraft by 2020, at last count, eighteen aircraft have already […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 30, 2017

Amazon makes its first commercial drone delivery

On 7 December, Amazon’s Prime Air made its first commercial delivery with an unmanned drone. The delivery took place in Cambridgeshire, near Amazon’s UK drone-testing plant, where the company has been working with the government to test longer-distance deliveries. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, broke the news on Twitter, announcing that his company delivered a parcel […]
  • David Harris
  • January 7, 2017
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