Lockheed Martin certifies LM-100J, pushes first delivery to 2020

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a type certificate for Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J, the updated commercial variant of the C-130J “Super Hercules.” With the certification, the aircraft is now cleared to operate at any commercial airfield worldwide and deliveries can commence. While the first delivery to launch operator Pallas Aviation had been expected by year-end […]

Uni-top grounds fleet as it seeks new investors as part of restructure

Wuhan-based Uni-top Airlines’ fleet of freighters is currently grounded as the carrier faces financial difficulties and looks to restructure. According to Chinese business news outlet Yicai, the company has suspended all operations and has parked or returned its aircraft off lease. The last aircraft to have stopped flying appears to have been unit 763, which […]

CAM receives second ex-ANA 767BCF to be placed with UPS

Air Transport Services Group’s (ATSG) leasing arm Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) has taken redelivery of the second 767-300BCF (24632) it acquired from Japanese carrier ANA Cargo and plans to lease to Atlanta-based UPS. The aircraft was ferried from Tokyo (HND) to Wilmington (ILN) via Anchorage (ANC), arriving on the morning of Nov. 15. Unit 24632, which […]

DHL’s Olin on fleet growth for Latin American express hub

On Oct. 27, DHL Express took redelivery of a 767-300BCF (28042, ex-Air Italy) following conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing at the SASCO facility in Singapore [FAT 005220]. The aircraft was ferried to Panama, where it is being registered on the air operator’s certificate (AOC) of DHL’s Panama-based airline, DHL Aero Expreso. When the aircraft goes into service, which […]

Longhao re-brands after securing new investor, looks ahead to fleet growth

Longhao Airlines is settling into its secondary base at Zhengzhou Airport (CGO) following investment from Henan Civil Aviation Development Investment (HNCA), and is now operating under its new name, Zhongyuan Longhao Airlines. After a period of low flight activity at the beginning of this year, the carrier is returning its fleet to service, and has […]

EFW redelivers final A330-200P2F to EgyptAir leaving DHL as sole confirmed customer for A330P2Fs

EFW, the conversion house that is a 55/45 joint venture between ST Engineering Aerospace and Airbus, redelivered an A330-200P2F (610) to Egyptair [FAT 005235]. EFW’s current order book for A330 conversions stands at five A330-300s for DHL Express, with options for ten more. The EgyptAir freighter, which was converted from feedstock that was previously operated […]

Airbus awarded EASA cert for BelugaXL, service entry expected in 2020

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded Airbus Type Certification for its BelugaXL freighter based on the A330-200F platform. The aircraft is expected to enter service by early 2020, according to a release from Airbus. Airbus unveiled the first completed BelugaXL in Toulouse in June 2018 (1824). A second unit (1853) was completed in […]

Citilink deploys 737-500 in cargo configuration for Garuda, sans cargo door

Indonesia-based Citilink, an affiliate carrier of Garuda Indonesia, has torn out the seats of a 737-500 (28727) that was previously in storage, and will begin operating the aircraft in cargo configuration. The aircraft in “Garuda Cargo” livery was unveiled at a Nov. 10 ceremony held at the Aeroasia hangar at Jakarta airport (CGK). A cargo […]
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