West Atlantic secures a customer for its four forthcoming 737-800BCFs

In June 2017, Sweden-based dedicated cargo carrier West Atlantic agreed to lease four Boeing-converted 737-800BCFs from lessor GECAS. Earlier this week, the carrier announced that all four aircraft will be operated “on behalf of an express logistics provider, in its current EU-network.” Although West Atlantic has not revealed the identity of the “express logistics provider,” […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 23, 2018

The next big freighter?

What are the widebody freighter options going to be five years from now? As things stand today, those options look to be diminishing rapidly. There are currently four active production freighter programs: Airbus offers the A330-200F, while Boeing offers the 767-300F, 777F and 747-8F. But not only is the clock ticking on all four of […]
  • David Harris
  • March 22, 2018

Freighters, and a new logistics venture, for Brazil’s Azul

In late December last year, Brazil-based airline Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras issued a joint press release with Correios (the country’s postal service), announcing their plan to form “an integrated logistics solutions company,” with operations to begin in the first half of 2018. At that point, the plan was in the form of a non-binding Memorandum […]
  • David Harris
  • March 20, 2018

Vietjet Air Cargo in search of 737-400Fs

Since commencing operations in December 2011, Hanoi-based VietJet Air has rapidly expanded its passenger aircraft fleet to fifty-four A320/A321-family aircraft. But the growth doesn’t stop there – the ambitious carrier has outstanding orders for one-hundred 737 MAX 200s and seventy-eight A321s. Of greater interest, however, is that freighters may finally be in the cards for […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 19, 2018

Up-close with Southwest Airlines’ Dallas cargo operations

DALLAS — After this week’s World Cargo Symposium in Dallas, the Cargo Facts team headed to Dallas Love Field (DAL) for our flight back to Seattle. However, our first stop — much to our driver’s confusion — took us not to departures, but to the Southwest Airlines Cargo office. There, cargo customer service manager Tracy Asher demonstrated the […]
  • CarynLivingston
  • March 16, 2018

Freighter aircraft transactions through mid-March

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]
  • David Harris
  • March 12, 2018

Flexport’s own-operated air freight network grows

In a sign that trans-Pacific air freight capacity remains tight, and rates volatile, yet another forwarder has signed on to dedicated freighter service. Earlier this week, Florida-based Western Global Airlines and US-based digital freight forwarder Flexport inked a three-year deal under which Western Global will operate regular 747-400F flights between Hong Kong (HKG) and Los […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 9, 2018

LATAM fleet rebalance sees 777 freighters shift to Atlas

Chile-based LATAM Airlines’ cargo division has finally offloaded the 777 freighters it planned to remove from its fleet by the end of 2017. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings acquired the freighters and announced that its Southern Air subsidiary will operate both freighters on an ACMI basis for DHL Express. Southern Air has operated one of the […]
  • CarynLivingston
  • March 7, 2018
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