Amazon adds third carrier in Sun Country Air, fleet could near 100 by 2021

Minneapolis-based low-cost carrier Sun Country Air has agreed to operate ten 737-800BCFs on a CMI-basis for Amazon for a period of six years. The carrier will become Amazon’s third ACMI operator in the United States after Air Transport Services Group and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. Amazon will lease all ten 737-800BCFs from GECAS, and transfer […]

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 […]

Amazon Air to grow to 70 aircraft by 2021

Shortly after FedEx announced it would not be renewing its express delivery contract with e-tail giant Amazon, Amazon signed an order for 15 additional narrowbody 737 freighters via lessor GECAS at the Paris Air Show today. “These new aircraft create additional capacity for Amazon Air, building on the investment in our Prime Free One-Day program,” […]

Atlas Air to fly 737-800Fs for Amazon in the U.S.

The operator of the 737-800BCFs joining the Amazon Air fleet was revealed this morning to be Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ subsidiary carrier, Southern Air. According to an 8-K filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, five 737-800Fs will be placed into service for Amazon this year.  Atlas said in a statement that Amazon will lease […]

GECAS to offer Telair’s e-commerce-friendly loading system on 737-800 freighter conversions

Aviation lessor GECAS said that it will offer Telair’s recently approved Flexible Loading System (FLS) to GECAS’ 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion customers on aircraft entering service this year. The system allows 737 operators to carry containerized cargo (baggage, mail and parcel freight) in the lower hold of the aircraft, along with bulk-loaded bags. That sort of […]

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 […]

First 737-800 enters conversion at AEI

Lessor GECAS ferried a 737-800, most recently operated by Corendon Airlines, to Miami International Airport, where Aeronautical Engineers, Inc., inducted it for conversion to freighter configuration. Redelivery is scheduled for mid-2017. For more details, please see David Harris’ story in our sister publication, Cargo Facts.