Freighter aircraft transactions through mid-October

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 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 24, 2018

Uni-Top Airlines adds sixth A300-600F

Yesterday, Uni-Top Airlines took redelivery of its sixth passenger-to-freighter converted A300-600F (741, ex-China Eastern), after its conversion at the EFW facility in Dresden. The aircraft is now headed to the Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co, Ltd (GAMECO) facility for painting before it enters operations. The China-based carrier announced plans to add converted A300Fs into its […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 8, 2018

Uni-top Airlines’ grand ambitions

In September 2014, Wuhan-based Uni-top Airlines announced plans to acquire seven A300-600s and have them converted to freighter configuration – taking the little-known Chinese carrier’s fleet from three 747-200Fs to a total of ten widebody freighters – many in the industry expressed doubt. After all, Uni-top had acquired GrandStar Cargo International (the former joint venture […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 3, 2016

China’s freighter fleet grows – and the pace is accelerating

Two themes that have featured heavily in the air logistics media recently are the lack of growth in air freight demand, and the shift of what volume remains from freighters to the bellies of the current generation of widebody passenger aircraft. Moving from air cargo news to worldwide political and economic news, the current big […]
  • David Harris
  • January 27, 2016

Uni-Top takes first A300-600F… now what?

China-based Uni-Top Airlines took redelivery of an A300-600F (763, ex-China Eastern), following conversion to freighter configuration by EFW. This is the first of seven A300-600s Uni-Top is having converted by EFW, and marks a significant change in the carrier’s strategy. Uni-Top currently operates three 747-200Fs in international service to India from its base in Wuhan, but, […]
  • David Harris
  • August 25, 2015

More A300-600 P-to-F conversions for Uni-top

China-based Uni-top Airlines now has six A300-600s in P-to-F conversion at the EFW facility in Dresden (DRS), but looks set to add another. Uni-Top currently operates three 747-200Fs from its base in Wuhan, but the carrier says it is in the process of setting up a domestic China feeder operation to support the  international flying. As […]
  • David Harris
  • September 24, 2014

Uni-top Airlines looks at regional feeder operations

China’s Uni-top Airlines, a subsidiary of the Shenzhen-based Uni-top Group, launched 747-200F service from its base in Wuhan to Almaty in Kazakhstan on July 30. More interesting, however, is that according to a Uni-top executive, the airline is in the process of setting up a domestic China feeder operation to support its international flying. While […]
  • David Harris
  • September 5, 2014

EFW to convert four A300-600s for Uni-Top

The Cargo Facts Asia 2014 event is still an hour from being officially underway, and already there is news breaking. The first news – from late last night – is a major move by Wuhan-based Uni-Top Airlines, which signed an order with EFW for four A300-600 passenger-to-freighter conversions. Cargo Facts believes that Uni-Top has in […]
  • David Harris
  • March 31, 2014