SF Airlines adds second 747-400ERF

Shenzhen-based SF Airlines’ second 747-400ERF (35174, ex-Jade Cargo) has officially joined the carrier’s freighter fleet [FAT 005129]. Including the 757-200PCF (29441, ex-TUI Airways) redelivered to SF last week, the carrier’s fleet now numbers 57 freighters. The widebody freighter was one of a pair of 747-400ERFs SF won in an auction that took place on Alibaba’s […]

Atlas Air adds another 767-300BCF

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has taken redelivery of a 767-300BCF (27568, ex-Neos) from Boeing and this week put it into commercial service with Atlas Air [FAT 005122]. Although the aircraft is currently utilized for routes that are consistent with Amazon’s own-controlled network, the 767-300BCF is not dry leased to Amazon like the other nineteen 767Fs […]

After latest UPS delivery, Boeing’s 747-8F order backlog slips into the teens

Following a delivery to UPS last week (64263) [FAT 005115], Boeing’s order backlog for the 747-8F now stands at just nineteen units. Of the nineteen-unit 747-8F backlog, most future deliveries will go to UPS, which still has fifteen of the type remaining on firm order with Boeing. As for the other four units in Boeing’s […]

FedEx adds 75th 767-300F

Yesterday, FedEx Express took delivery of its 75th 767-300F (64057) from Boeing during a ceremony held at the manufacturer’s Paine Field (PAE) Delivery Center [FAT 005114]. Following the delivery, at least 50 more of the aircraft are on firm order with Boeing. In celebration of the milestone, Cargo Facts decided to dig into the archives […]

ASL Airlines 747-400ERF still stuck in Nanchang after aborted takeoff

ASL Airlines Belgium is down a 747-400ERF. On August 23, a 747-400ERF (33516) operated by ASL Airlines Belgium was en-route to Liege (LGG) from Nanchang (KHN) when the crew rejected the takeoff. While decelerating, the aircraft’s brakes overheated and deflated fourteen of the tires. The crew managed to safely evacuate the aircraft from the upper […]

Cargo Facts Asia: SF Airlines targeting 100 large freighters by 2022

SHANGHAI – China’s fastest-growing express carrier, SF Express, is planning to grow its widebody freighter fleet from just eight units today to more than 100 by 2022, according to remarks from George Li, VP, SF Express, during a presentation this morning at Cargo Facts Asia.   The expanded freighter fleet will play into SF’s three-tier aviation […]

Far from stellar, Lufthansa Cargo questions if 2019 will be a normal year, or a crisis year

FRANKFURT, Germany – After two stellar years of growth for air freight, increasing trade friction is making Lufthansa Cargo feel more cautious about its outlook for 2019. Long-term, however, the German combination carrier maintains a positive outlook and continues to invest in its freighter fleet and cargo infrastructure. At its annual press conference in Frankfurt […]

European metal part II: Twin-aisle, remove the aisle

Yesterday, part I of “European metal” provided an overview of the narrowbody jet freighter fleet in service with European operators. Part II continues with an overview of the region’s widebody freighter fleet. Turning now to the widebody freighter fleet in service with European carriers, the region is home to approximately one-fifth of the global freighter […]
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