ACT reassigns 747-400Fs from Saudia to Turkish

Turkish Airlines has added more freighter capacity through two 747-400BDSFs operated on an ACMI basis by Turkey-based ACT Airlines. The aircraft (25641 and 25645, both ex-ANA) were both previously operated for Saudia Cargo [FATs 005617-005620]. At the end of August, the two 747s were brought back to Istanbul (ISL) from Saudi Arabia and repainted into ACT’s […]

ACT Airlines on the hunt for 747-400Fs

Turkey-based ACT Airlines is on the hunt for more 747Fs. The carrier told Cargo Facts it plans to add two more units to its all-747-400F fleet either later this year, or in 2021. ACT said it had decided on the expansion and begun the search last year, but is currently still evaluating the most feasible assets, […]

New freighter additions spotted

Several widebody freighter aircraft poised to be added to operators’ fleets have been snapped by photographers around the world. First, it appears that Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group plans to add the 777F platform, after all. A 777F has been newly painted into AirBridgeCargo (ABC) colors at Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility, as seen in this photo posted […]

Air Atlanta Icelandic grows 747-400F fleet

Air Atlanta Icelandic is expanding its freighter fleet with two production 747-400Fs. The carrier currently only has one production -400F, along with one -400BCF and five -400BDSFs. The first of the additions is the twenty-six-year-old unit 26563, which El Al Israel Airlines withdrew from service at the end of June 2019. After just under a […]

Saudia 747-8Fs idled during height of crisis

Saudia Cargo is looking to shed its pair of 747-8Fs, Cargo Facts has learned. Meanwhile, during the unprecedented cargo capacity crunch brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, almost half of the carrier’s freighter fleet is currently inactive. The seven-year-old 747-8Fs (37562 and 37563) have both been parked in Jeddah (JED) since January 2020. In fact, […]

ACT 747F suffers tail strike

A 747-400F operated by Turkey-based ACT Airlines suffered a tail strike on departure Feb. 1. The aircraft (26559, ex-Singapore Airlines Cargo) was being operated in ACMI service for Saudia Cargo. Unit 26559, manufactured in 2001, was en route from Dammam (DMM) to Zaragoza (ZAZ). It continued after takeoff and diverted to Jeddah (JED), where it […]

Freighter aircraft transactions through mid-May

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]

Saudia’s first 777F

As we recently reported, Saudia Cargo is in the process of re-fleeting, a program which began with retiring the carrier’s long-serving MD-11Fs (now all parked). The first of the replacements for these aircraft has now broken cover, as Cargo Facts can report that the first 777F for Saudia is on the flight line at Paine […]
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