Voyageur spins out regional aircraft leasing division

Canada-based Voyageur Aviation has established Voyageur Leasing, a new division dedicated to mid-life and older regional aircraft. The new division seeks to grow the leased portfolio of out-of-production regional freighters, which is currently modest in size.  While parent Chorus Aviation already has a leasing division called Chorus Aviation Capital that has Dash 8s, ATRs, CRJs, […]

Return to the skies of passengers doesn’t spell the end of passenger freighters

Even as passengers return to the skies, passenger freighters aren’t immediately headed for their demise. The uptick in passenger flights recorded from mid-June onward has not led to an immediate end to the use of passenger aircraft for cargo-only service. Although some aircraft have traded out cargo for passengers — or at least a mix […]

Idled Dash 8 fleet crowds conversion market

With passenger services to remote locations cut off or dramatically reduced as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, proposals to utilize turboprop aircraft for cargo-only missions have surged.   In response to operator requests for temporary cargo reconfigurations, aircraft converters — and OEMs in particular — have turned to the Dash 8 platform. These temporary solutions now complement a sizable […]

Ethiopian grows reconfigured pax-freighter fleet to 20+

Ethiopian Airlines now has the largest fleet of reconfigured passenger-freighters by far, having modified twenty-two of its passenger aircraft by removing some or most of the seats from their cabins. The airline told Cargo Facts the twenty-two aircraft consist of four A350-900s, five Dash 8-Q400s, five 737-800s, two 767-300ERs, four 777-300ERs and two 787-9s. Together […]

Condor shifts from leisure to cargo with reconfigured 767s

Germany-based leisure airline Condor has begun operating “converted” versions of its 767-300ERs with seats removed from the passenger cabin, joining a growing list of airlines that are maximizing cargo volume during the COVID-19 crisis. Condor confirmed to Cargo Facts it has already converted four of its 767-300ERs, and plans to modify ten more aircraft. All […]

Jazz Aviation launches simplified Dash 8-400 freighter

Canada-based Jazz Aviation will become the first operator of the Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighter, a version of the Dash 8-400 that has all its passenger seats removed. This modification was recently approved by Transport Canada. Jazz told Cargo Facts it is exploring opportunities to begin Simplified Package Freighter operations in early May. The first aircraft to feature […]

‘COVID-19 freighter fleet’ tops 350

The number of aircraft that carriers have operated for the sole purpose of transporting cargo during the COVID-19 crisis has more than doubled in the past two weeks to more than 350, based on analysis by Cargo Facts. See also: 130+ passenger aircraft added to ‘COVID-19 freighter fleet’ The nature of these makeshift freighter operations […]
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