FedEx retires last A310-300F

Over the weekend, FedEx completed its final revenue flight utilizing an A310-300F. After completing a routine round-trip flight between Sioux Falls (FSD) and FedEx’s Memphis (MEM) hub on the morning of Jan. 4, the express company bid farewell to the final operating A310-300F (439) in its fleet.  This was the third A310-300F FedEx has retired since Christmas. Until recently, FedEx had operated the trio of A310-300Fs in scheduled service. […]

Lufthansa Cargo withdraws third MD-11F for the year

Lufthansa Cargo has removed another MD-11F from its fleet [FAT 005241]. The aircraft in question (48806) is the third to be withdrawn by the carrier in 2019, after unit 48805 in October and unit 48785 in August. Lufthansa Cargo told Cargo Facts that, as a result of the recent decision to proceed with an accelerated fleet renewal program, […]

Cathay Pacific retires lone 747-400BCF

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has withdrawn its single remaining 747-400BCF (25152) and ferried the freighter to the aircraft boneyard at Pinal Airpark (MZJ) in Marana, AZ, via Anchorage (ANC) and Los Angeles (LAX) [FAT 005156]. The aircraft had not flown since operating a round trip between Hong Kong (HKG) and Chennai (MAA) on Aug. 29. […]

Retirement of 747-400 & MD-11 Freighters accelerates

For much of the last year, the topic dominating most conversations about the air freight industry is whether the rapid expansion of usable – and marginally costed – belly capacity will end civilization as we know it. An exaggeration, of course, but the swing in opinion from “the main deck/belly split is going to stay […]
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