Exclusive report on Precision’s latest narrowbody conversion

In an exclusive interview with Precision Aircraft Solutions’ vice president of sales and marketing, Brian McCarthy, our sister publication, Cargo Facts, chose today’s All Hallows Eve to reveal Precision’s latest move in the narrowbody freighter conversion market. “All those other conversion houses are so boring,” McCarthy said. “All they can think of is the same […]
  • David Harris
  • October 31, 2017

After 16 years, KLM resumes flights to Mumbai’s CSIA adding belly freight to busy route

After a 16-year hiatus, KLM is relaunching service to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), connecting Amsterdam to India with three weekly flights. While the route’s added passenger connectivity has garnered much attention, KLM’s choice of a 787-9 widebody aircraft on the route has cargo implications as well, with belly capacity of more than 6 […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 30, 2017

U.K.-based Airlander cashes in with U.S. crowdfunding

U.K.-based Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) opened a crowdfunding round in the United States for its Airlander 10 hybrid airship, which resumed test flights in May, following a nine-month hiatus after sustaining damage during a rough landing in August 2016. Airlander closed two successful crowdfunding rounds in the U.K., but U.S. investors were barred from investing […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 19, 2017

Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico reopens after Hurricane Maria

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MOR) operation Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico (LTPR) redelivered its 100th heavy maintenance check for Spirit airlines, the launch customer for the facility. The 215,000-square-foot facility, located on the western end of the island, adjacent to the Rafael Hernandez Airport (BQN), was at the […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 19, 2017

Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J freighter completes first test flight [VIDEO]

Lockheed Martin announced the first flight of the production model of its LM-100J commercial freighter, which took place on Oct. 11, putting the civilian iteration of the legendary C-130J military transport aircraft one step closer to commercial cargo service. The aircraft has since entered FAA type-design update tests. Lockheed anticipates the freighter operating in “austere […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 19, 2017

National Airlines relief flights to Aguadilla target Puerto Rico’s worst-hit regions

A National Airlines 747-400 freighter has been busy over the last few weeks, operating 13 flights, at discounted rates, transporting 2.7 million pounds of aid to Puerto Rico to areas most devastated by Hurricane Maria. Three weeks after the hurricane passed over the island, conditions on the ground in Puerto Rico remain dire, leaving millions […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 17, 2017

Alaska ‘combi’ aircraft goes into retirement [VIDEO]

Marking the end of an era at Alaska Airlines, the last of the carrier’s 737-400 combi fleet is scheduled for official retirement tomorrow. The five combi aircraft will be replaced by three converted 737-700 freighters, the first of which began commercial service last month. Alaska expects the combis will undergo conversion to full freighter configuration […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 17, 2017

Morgan Stanley: Latest SpaceX rocket could disrupt parcel service industry

Morgan Stanley has caught the Elon Musk hype, specifically, for a 150-ton payload SpaceX rocket destined for Mars, that could also be used to transport cargo from point A to B here on earth. Last week, analysts with the New York-based financial services firm said that the parcel service industry in particular, “could see a […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 17, 2017

Qatar Cargo U.S. freighter connectivity grows to 13 with Pittsburgh stop

A Qatar Airways Cargo 777 freighter touched town at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) yesterday, kicking off the first scheduled freighter route through the airport. The twice-weekly scheduled freighter service takes off from Doha on Wednesdays and Saturdays with stops at Luxembourg and Atlanta, Georgia, before arriving in Pittsburgh. “This global air freight connectivity positions Pittsburgh […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 13, 2017

GECAS acquires 747-8 on lease to AirBridgeCargo

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) added a 747-8 freighter to its fleet through an acquisition from Boeing’s aircraft leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corp. The aircraft was on lease to Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo as the fifth 747-8F of 20 aircraft that ABC’s parent, Volga-Dnepr Group, agreed to take delivery of, according to the terms of a 2015 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 12, 2017

Five months and counting: Is LATAM Cargo out of the woods?

LATAM Cargo has extended its winning streak to five months, posting a 2.3 percent increase in revenue tonne kilometers (RTKs), year-over-year, to 285 million in the month of September. But with the year-to-date average still down 1.3 percent overall, LATAM Cargo’s ledgers still carry the weight of years of regional downturn. September also saw LATAM […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 11, 2017

Growing global economy expected to be a boon for ULD market

When the air cargo industry is booming, as it is now, the good times can be felt in many areas of the supply chain – the airfreight container business is no different, according to a recent report’s conclusion the unit load device (ULD) business should grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 10, 2017

Hactl seals deal for Aviastar-TU freight handling

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) received a contract from the Russian Post’s affiliate airline, Aviastar-TU, to handle its new freighter services from Tolmachevo in eastern Russia to Hong Kong. The scheduled freighter service on the Russia-Hong Kong route is expected to increase from one to four times weekly by the end of 2017, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 10, 2017

Cargo loader sparks blaze at HKIA [VIDEO]

During loading of American Airlines flight 192 from Hong Kong to Los Angeles today, an external piece of loading equipment next to the aircraft caught fire, which spread to a pallet that contained non-hazardous goods. One ground worker sustained non-life threatening injuries, but no passengers or crew members were onboard the 777-300ER. In videos taken […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 9, 2017
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