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 […]

Reconfigured passenger-freighter fleet tops 130

More than 130 passenger aircraft have now been reconfigured for cargo by removing seats from the main-deck cabin, according to Cargo Facts research. Meanwhile, the total number of passenger freighters, which includes aircraft that have not had seats removed, has grown to more than 1,800. Airlines that have opted to reconfigure passenger cabins have done […]

THG Air — U.K.’s newest cargo airline?

British online retailer The Hut Group (THG) has launched THG Air with plans to add two A330 freighters. The aircraft, to be painted in THG colors, will be based at Manchester Airport (MAN), where the group’s headquarters are located. THG told Cargo Facts the aircraft are likely to be A330-200Fs, which are in the final […]

SF Airlines takes eighth freighter in 2019

SF Airlines has taken redelivery of a 757-200PCF (29944, ex-TUI Airways) from Precision Aircraft Solutions [FAT 005255]. The Shenzhen (SZX)-based carrier has now added eight freighters to its fleet this year, far surpassing any other Chinese airline. Unit 29944 began its life in 1999, flying in passenger configuration until 2019. It was then inducted for […]

With third A330F is Sichuan Airlines ready to launch freighter flights?

Sichuan Airlines has taken redelivery of its third A330-200F (1386, ex-Qatar Airways), on lease from BOC Aviation [FAT 005237]. The carrier has now received all three of its ex-Qatar A330Fs but until recently, has not operated the aircraft in commercial service. Shortly after the delivery of its third A330-200F, the carrier operated its first commercial freighter […]

Qatar Airways adds 20th 777F

Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its twentieth 777F (66338) from Boeing [FAT 005234]. The airline is expected to take another before the year is over. With a freighter fleet of twenty-seven own-operated widebody aircraft, Qatar Airways presently operates the most freighters of any combination carrier in the world. Beyond that, Qatar Airways has five more […]

Sichuan Airlines to launch freighter operations in October

Sichuan Airlines plans to commence scheduled operations with its A330Fs in October, with Brussels (BRU), Chennai (MAA) and Delhi (DEL) expected to be the first three destinations, the carrier told Cargo Facts. The Chengdu (CTU)-based airline took delivery of its first A330-200F (1350, ex-Qatar Airways) from BOC Aviation late last week [FAT 005047], and told […]
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