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KLM Cargo introduces dynamic volume scanners

KLM Cargo recently concluded a pilot operation that utilized dynamic volume scanners designed by Austrian startup Cargometer. The Dutch carrier is now looking at adding the scanners to five other doors at its Amsterdam (AMS) cargo acceptance facility and is considering a broader IT integration. Dynamic volume scanning at the point of cargo acceptance helps […]

GECAS 737-800F placements surpass 40

GECAS, the largest customer of 737NG freighter conversions to date, will soon have placed more than forty of the narrowbodies with lessees around the world. GECAS will lease two more 737-800BCFs to Russia-based Atran, after delivering two ex-Ryanair units (33548 and 33717) to the carrier earlier this year. The lessor told Cargo Facts it will […]

Airbus proceeds with A350 freighter

Airbus’ board of directors has given the green light for the European planemaker to move forward with developing a freighter version of the A350, CEO Guillaume Faury announced during a call with analysts today to discuss results for the first half of 2021. Faury said Airbus plans to have the A350F ready to enter into […]

Amazon to grow European ops with first 737-800SF

Amazon is expanding its own-branded and own-controlled fleet in Europe with the addition of its first 737-800F converted according to the Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) STC. The 2001-vintage 737-800SF (28655, ex-Eastar Jet) belongs to Aero Capital Solutions (ACS) and arrived in Shannon (SNN) today with Amazon colors and “Operated by ASL Airlines” placed near the […]

Boeing advances on first profit since 2019 as troubles ease

Boeing Co. earned a profit for the first time in nearly two years, surprising Wall Street and hinting at a potential turnaround after one of the worst financial crises in the planemaker’s century-long history. The shares jumped. Adjusted earnings of 40 cents a share weren’t the only sign of progress in the company’s second-quarter earnings […]

Will express warm up to factory-built narrowbody freighters?

While FedEx has been the only operator to date to sign up for factory-built regional freighters in the 4-to-9 tonne capacity segment, the chances of a paradigm shift in the larger 10-40 tonne category currently dominated by passenger-to-freighter conversions are slim. During the MAKS 2021 event held last week in Zhukovsky, Volga-Dnepr Group said it […]

Asia Cargo Network grows 737 Classic fleet in Southeast Asia

Malaysia-based Asia Cargo Network continues to expand its narrowbody freighter fleet and has added two 737-300Fs for two of its airlines. Firstly, Malaysia-based World Cargo Airlines (WCA), which earlier this year began operating the first 737-800BCF (29052, ex-Aeromexico) in Southeast Asia, has taken delivery of its third aircraft, the 1997-vintage 737-300F (28869, ex-Star Air Cargo). […]

LATAM inducts youngest 767 yet for freighter conversion

What will become the youngest 767 converted freighter to date has arrived in Singapore (SIN), ahead of induction for conversion by Boeing at the ST Engineering facilities [FAT 006469]. The aircraft (35697) is a 2008-vintage 767-300ER with CF6-80 engines that belongs to LATAM Airlines, which had parked it in Santiago (SCL) almost a year ago, […]

Tight capacity awakens stored freighters, but for how long? 

During the final days of 2019, two 747-400BDSFs (27062 and 27174) touched down at Marana (MZJ) and a third followed in early 2020 (24833). Another 747-400BCF (26557) arrived for storage at Lleida-Alguaire (ILD) in Spain in February 2020, joining a growing collection of dormant freighter-converted 747s around the world. Precautions taken to impart these four Atlas Air freighters with resistance […]