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Listen: ‘The Big Twin’ first flight, UPS quadjets, drone mishaps

In this week’s episode of the “Cargo Facts Connect” podcast, hear a discussion of the first test flight of IAI and AerCap’s “Big Twin” program, with the prototype 777-300ERSF taking off from Tel Aviv after a nearly two-year conversion process at IAI headquarters. Also, a talk on the possibility of UPS acquiring more 747-8Fs, as […]

Asia-Pacific fleet: Aligning freighters to handle market shifts

Before market normalization resumed in China, evidence of the growth potential in the Asia-Pacific region had already begun to unfold in emerging markets with the introduction of startup carriers and an increasing number of freighter aircraft entering service with new operators. In the midst of the market settling and growth slowing, at least seven Asian […]

IAI completes 777-300ERSF first flight

The world’s first 777 freighter conversion achieved its first flight today in Tel Aviv (TLV) after years of work, placing Israel Aerospace Industries one step closer to earning a supplemental type certificate.   The prototype 777-300ERSF’s (32789) flight lasted just under two hours, climbing to an altitude of 20,000 feet over the Mediterranean before returning […]

Aerostan brings A300F out of long-term storage

Kyrgyzstan-based Aerostan has added a second A300F to its fleet after more than ten years in storage. Aerostan has registered the 1979-vintage A300B4-200F (84) with the Kyrgyz Civil Aviation Authority and expects the aircraft, which is the oldest in the carrier’s fleet, to be in commercial service in two months after undergoing heavy maintenance, Aerostan […]

Lyte Aviation launches SkyTruck

U.K.-based Lyte Aviation unveiled its urban air mobility cargo platform today, and intends to develop a full-scale prototype by 2025.   The new SkyTruck will have a 4.5-tonne payload capacity, a range of 540 nautical miles and the ability to reach speeds of 161 knots, Lyte told Cargo Facts.   Check out Cargo Facts’ Drone database […]

Second Chinese A330 conversion line preps for April opening

The Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Corp. (AMECO) facility in Chengdu (CTU) is set to become the second A330P2F conversion line in China for Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) and will induct its first aircraft next month. A 2007-vintage A330-200 (860, ex-Air China) has been undergoing preparations for conversion at CTU and is expected to begin the passenger-to-freighter […]

Amazon takes first 767 freighter this year

Amazon has taken redelivery of its first 767-300BDSF this year, the eighth of eleven 767s it purchased as feedstock. The 2000-vintage unit 30388 (ex-Delta Air Lines) landed back in the United States this week after conversion with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in Tel Aviv (TLV), arriving in Salina, Kan., (SLN) on March 20 [FAT 008555]. […]

Jetstream integrates ATRs into portfolio

Miami-based Jetstream Aviation Capital, the largest owner and lessor of Saab 340 regional freighters, is expanding into ATR 72s as it prepares to build its conversion feedstock portfolio with ATR’s large regional aircraft. “It’s no secret that we’ve started investing quite heavily in what we see as our next-generation airplane, which is the ATR platform,” […]

More 737 Classics head to Mexico

At least two more 737-400 freighters soon will make their way to join operators in Mexico as renewal with 737NGs continues elsewhere. The first is a 1991-vintage 737-400SF (25177), which ASL Aviation Holdings stopped operating in February. ASL confirmed to Cargo Facts that it sold the aircraft earlier this month. Unit 25177, which arrived in […]

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