Around the world in 66 hours

In this week’s issue of Cargo Facts Update, we published a brief note describing the belt-tightening measures Lufthansa Cargo will undertake following three difficult quarters in 2015. That note is included at the end of this post, and we will expand on Lufthansa’s plans at the beginning of next week (including some interesting thoughts from cargo boss […]
  • David Harris
  • December 4, 2015

Two-in-one for AirBridge

It’s been quite a week for freighter aircraft. On Wednesday we reported a record four 757-200PCF redeliveries in one week by Precision Aircraft Solutions, but Russia-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) deserves mention as well, for taking delivery of two 747-8 Freighters in one day. Technically, that day appears to have been 5 November, but the two […]
  • David Harris
  • November 20, 2015

PNG Air takes first ATR 72 combi

Papua New Guinea-based PNG Air (formerly Airlines PNG) took delivery of an ATR 72-600 Combi from ATR. The carrier is scheduled to take delivery of one more ATR 72-600 this year, three in 2016, and two more in 2017. PNG Air is the launch customer for the ATR 72 Combi, and its eight-unit ATR 72 […]
  • David Harris
  • November 13, 2015

Ukraine Air Alliance applies for US cargo rights

Ukraine Air Alliance applies for US cargo rights, and says it plans to acquire MD-80 freighters. Kiev-based An-12 operator Ukraine Air Alliance filed an application with the US Department of Transportation on 26 October for a foreign air carrier permit and an exemption authorizing the carrier “to engage in scheduled and charter foreign air transportation […]
  • David Harris
  • November 12, 2015

Looking back: A300-600 P-to-F conversion

The next generation of narrowbody passenger-to-freighter conversions has been a major focus for us lately, as conversion houses launch P-to-F programs for the Airbus A320/321 and Boeing 737NG Families, and the day of the 737 Classic draws to a close. But there has also been a resurgence of interest in widebody freighters lately, and on […]
  • David Harris
  • October 9, 2015

Cargo? Maybe on the next flight…

Today’s story is about a flight that didn’t carry any cargo. It didn’t depart from any of the usual places — no flowers from Colombia or iPhones from Zhengzhou — and it didn’t land at any airport you’ve ever landed at. Its payload was less than a 747, or even a 737. In fact, its […]
  • David Harris
  • October 5, 2015

How to build an airplane in 3 minutes

As usual on a Friday, we have a video for you. Not cargo-related this time, but interesting for anyone who is any kind of aviation geek (which probably includes most of us). This is a time-lapse video showing the production of a 747-8 Intercontinental for Lufthansa.
  • David Harris
  • September 25, 2015

Qatar Airways goes big in the charter market

Qatar Airways acquired another freighter, this one specifically for use in the rapidly growing project cargo market. Qatar Airways ACMI-leased a 747-400BDSF (24998) from Turkey-based myCargo Airlines. The term of the lease is three months, after which Qatar will replace the converted freighter with a production 747-400F noseloader, also to be ACMI-leased from myCargo. (We […]
  • David Harris
  • August 14, 2015
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