New freighter ahead with launch of 777 conversion program

Aviation leasing and finance company GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) is partnering with MRO Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to launch a new program to convert 777-300 aircraft from passenger to freighter configuration. Our sister publication Cargo Facts reported the launch of the new program yesterday. The companies told Cargo Facts that GECAS not only provided […]

DB Schenker to launch ORD-SYD freighter service

International logistics company DB Schenker has added a weekly 777 freighter service from Chicago (ORD) to Sydney (SYD) to its service portfolio. The company said the service will address demand for time-sensitive shipments of automotive, industrial and healthcare industry products, as well as heavy and outsized goods. Starting March 11, the direct service will depart […]

Lufthansa to use four new 777Fs to increase frequencies

Despite the general air of caution being felt across the airfreight industry as we enter 2019, Lufthansa Cargo is demonstrating its optimism with plans to boost airfreight capacity on its popular routes, according to a recent video. The carrier is anticipating the arrival of four 777 freighters over the course of the year; with two […]

ANA to utilize 777F for inter-Asia, trans-Pacific routes

Japan-based combination carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) released its 2019 flight schedule, which reveals how the carrier's soon-to-be-delivered 777 freighter will be utilized to address “projected increases in demand over the medium- to long-term for routes between Asia and North America,” ANA said. Next summer, the carrier plans to initially utilize the freighter for six-times […]

Volga Dnepr to buy 34 Boeing freighter aircraft

Yesterday, at the Farnborough International Airshow, Russian airline conglomerate Volga-Dnepr Group and U.K.-based affiliate Cargo Logic Holding signed a massive agreement with Boeing, which included a letter of intent to order twenty-nine 777Fs and firm-ordered five 747-8 Fs. The deal is valued at approximately US$2 billion. Alexey Isaykin, president of Volga-Dnepr Group and chairman of […]

Turkish Cargo launches 777F Miami cargo flights

Turkish Cargo launched weekly freighter flights connecting Istanbul to Miami and Houston, both strategical cargo destinations for the Istanbul-based carrier. Turkish Cargo’s Miami/Houston cargo flights will utilize the carrier’s recently acquired 777-200Fs. The new freighter route connects Miami and Houston to 120 countries through more than 300 destinations with its Istanbul-Madrid-Miami departing flights and Miami-Houston-İstanbul […]

Turkish Airlines orders 3 more 777 freighters from Boeing

Turkish Airlines ordered three additional 777 freighters from Boeing, only weeks after the carrier took delivery of its first two 777Fs last month – suggesting that chief cargo officer Turhan Ozen is serious about expanding the carrier’s cargo business and ranking among the top five cargo players globally by 2023. "These freighter orders will surely […]

Qatar Cargo wraps up bumper Chilean cherry season airlift

This latest growing season in Chile has come up all cherries for Qatar Airways Cargo. Between Nov. 13 and Dec. 19, 2017, the Doha-based carrier has transported 1,400 tonnes of cherries from South America to markets in Asia, where demand for the fruit is especially high. Qatar Airways Cargo said that the lift required fourteen […]

Turkish Airlines takes delivery of first 777 freighter

Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines took delivery of its first 777 freighter, which is the first of two 777 freighters the airline has on order for 2017. The chairman of the board for Turkish Airlines, M. İlker Aycı, called the delivery a “milestone event” in the airline’s cargo business, which has expanded rapidly during the year, growing […]

Cause still unknown following death of FedEx employee at Memphis hub

More details are emerging regarding the death of a FedEx employee last week in the early-morning hours of Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at the integrator’s Memphis International Airport (MEM) hub. Authorities have now identified the FedEx employee as Ellen Gladney. Local media outlet WATN reported that police were called to the airport shortly after 12:30 […]

EVA Air Cargo takes delivery of first 777 freighter

EVA Air Cargo took delivery of its first 777F yesterday and plans to put the new freighter in service on routes between Asia and North America later this month. The Taiwanese carrier ordered five 777 freighters from Boeing in 2015 and will take delivery of the remaining four by September 2019. As it adds the […]

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 […]

Qatar Airways to expand Latin America with cargo-friendly flights

While it still struggles with a Saudi-led boycott of trade with several Middle East nations, Qatar Airways is looking elsewhere and following through on its planned expansion of operations in Latin America. The Doha-based carrier announced plans to offer passenger flights on cargo-friendly A350-900 widebodies from Doha to Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, beginning next […]

LUG aircargo to assume JAL’s cargo operations at Frankfurt

LUG aircargo handling will take over Japan Airlines’ (JAL) customer portfolio in Frankfurt on July 1.  According to a memo jointly released by LUG and JAL, the former will handle the belly cargo of JAL’s daily 777-300ER and 787-900 operations to and from Frankfurt, as well as road-feeder services for JAL Cargo. Patrik Tschirch, managing […]
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