IPR redelivers its first large-door ATR72 converted freighter

Switzerland-based IPR Conversions redelivered an ATR72-202F to Canada’s Summit Air following conversion to large cargo door configuration. This redelivery is something of a milestone not just for IPR and Summit, but for the air freight and express industry as well. In 2002, ATR began offering passenger-to-freighter conversion of ATR42 and ATR72 turboprop aircraft through Alenia […]
  • David Harris
  • August 25, 2016

Amazon One – the first freighter in Amazon livery

Seattle. Just another city. Or maybe not. If you’ve ever ordered something online – a book, a kitchen appliance, a lawn chair, or anything else – Seattle is important to you, because that is where Amazon is (you did order that lawn chair from Amazon, right?). It is also where Boeing Field is, and it was at Boeing […]
  • David Harris
  • August 4, 2016

China unveils “world’s largest amphibious aircraft”

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC, China’s state-owned aerospace conglomerate) completed production of “the world’s largest amphibious aircraft.” Before we go further, yes, the Howard Hughes “Spruce Goose” was larger. Much larger. But it only ever flew once, and that flight was only about 1.5 km long and at a maximum altitude of 20m – […]
  • David Harris
  • July 25, 2016

The “forwarder’s airline” returns to its roots

There has been much talk recently about the disintermediation of forwarders. Talk about cargo carriers bypassing their traditional forwarder customers and dealing directly with shippers. Even talk about e-commerce eliminating the need for forwarders altogether. But Cargolux, once known in the industry as “the forwarder’s airline,” has taken a stand in solidarity with its forwarder partners, […]
  • David Harris
  • July 15, 2016

Happy 100th birthday, Boeing!

On 15 July, 2016 – exactly 100 years ago today — Boeing began making airplanes. We join the rest of the aviation world in toasting “Happy 100th Birthday,” and you can visit Boeing’s celebration webpage to see what the company itself has to say, but who better to have the last word that Boeing’s fiercest competitor, […]
  • David Harris
  • July 15, 2016

End of an era, Martinair retires its MD-11Fs

  In the last two weeks, Martinair, the all-cargo subsidiary of Air France-KLM, retired its last two MD-11Fs (48616 and 48757) [FATs 003346 – 3347]. Martinair now operates three 747-400Fs and one 747-400BCF. Founded in the Netherlands in1958 as a passenger carrier by Martin Schröder (as Martin’s Air Charter), Martinair gradually morphed into a major […]
  • David Harris
  • July 8, 2016

DFW’s new cargo strategy paying off

Smack in the heart of Shanghai’s former French Concession, at the crossroads of Wulumuqi Road and Wuyuan Road, lies an unassuming store fronting a large sign that reads, “Avocado Lady.” Curious visitors to Shanghai are often intrigued by the shop’s name, and venture inside to see if there is indeed a lady offering avocados for […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 29, 2016

Atlas, Qatar, & Cargolux – a video summary of the week’s news

This week we have published breaking stories about three of the worlds biggest cargo players. At the Air Cargo China event we covered Cargolux’s new Cargolux China joint venture and hints about a third hub in the US, and Qatar Airways trans-Pacific ambition; while from the US came the story of Atlas Air’s transformation into “a different […]
  • David Harris
  • June 17, 2016
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