Crew safety amid pandemic challenges cargo carriers

Sweden-headquartered West Atlantic Group is rethinking the process of crew transport, and preparing contingency plans to maintain its operational commitments during the COVID-19 outbreak. With increasing travel restrictions and dwindling passenger transport systems, crew transport and safety now loom among the most significant challenges to keeping the air cargo supply chain functioning amid the COVID-19 […]

Chapman Freeborn parent acquires Bluebird Nordic

Lithuania-based Avia Solutions Group will fully acquire Iceland-based Bluebird Nordic from BB Holding and enter the narrowbody freighter segment for the first time. Bluebird, whose fleet currently consists of a single 737-300BDSF alongside five 737-400Fs, operates flights within Europe on an ACMI basis for several carriers, including ASL Airlines Belgium, EAT Leipzig, Swiftair and Poste Air […]

European freighter fleet analysis (Part I): 737 Classics drive growth, for now

In a year as tumultuous as 2019, it’s encouraging to see that European carriers continued to add freighter aircraft. Today we begin an analysis which will take a closer look at these fleets, starting with narrowbody jets in Part I and moving to widebodies in Part II. To begin with, we note that for this […]

Swiftair’s Cygnus Air adds first of three planned 757-200PCFs from Jetran

Spain-based Swiftair added a 757-200PCF this week (24613, ex-American Airlines) following conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions at Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville, Florida.  [FATs 00525-005259]. The aircraft was the first of three Swiftair-bound conversions ordered by Jetran and will be operating for Swiftair’s affiliate carrier, Cygnus Air, which the company acquired last […]

Airwork places 757-200PCF with Swiftair

Spain-based Swiftair has taken redelivery of a 757-200PCF (24617, ex-American Airlines) on lease from New Zealand-based Airwork. The aircraft was converted at the AerSale facility in Goodyear, AZ (GYR), and was flown to Madrid (MAD) via Portsmouth, NH (PSM), and Shannon (SNN) [FATs 005069-005071]. This is the first 757-200PCF to be added by Swiftair since […]

Third Jetran 757-200 for Swiftair enters P-to-F conversion

The final aircraft in a three-aircraft 757-200 passenger-to-freighter conversion deal between Jetran and Precision Aircraft Solutions is expected to arrive in Jacksonville (VQQ) for conversion at about 5:30 PM local time today. Once converted, this third unit (25296) will join the other two (24613 and 24614, all ex-American Airlines) in operation for Spain-based Swiftair [FATs […]

Jetran to boost Swiftair 757F fleet with three Precision conversions

US-based Jetran inked a deal with Precision Aircraft Solutions to convert three ex-American Airlines 757-200s to freighter configuration [FATs 005011-5016]. Following conversion, Jetran will deliver the trio of 757-200PCFs to Spain-based Swiftair [FATS 005017-5020]. As a major player in the aircraft trading business, Jetran has previously been involved in sourcing 757 feedstock for conversions, but […]
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