Alaska Air Cargo grounds 737-700F fleet, tightening intra-Alaska capacity

On the heels of Australian carrier Qantas Airways grounding its fleet of 737-300 freighters, as reported Wednesday by our sister publication Cargo Facts, Seattle-based Alaska Air Cargo has grounded its own fleet of three 737-700 freighters for the same issue—an “apparent irregularity” in the rigid barrier system of some Israel Aerospace Industries converted freighters. Alaska […]

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 […]

IAI restructuring to combine aviation groups before CEO steps down

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will combine four of its business lines to establish a single aviation group for all its related businesses, as proposed by IAI’s president and CEO, Joseph Weiss. Weiss, who has led IAI in his current positions for six years, also announced his retirement once a new CEO is appointed. IAI’s new […]

Decision Time: What to know about outsourcing MROs

For Tim Komberec, 2004 was a crossroads year. After operating a fleet of Fokker F27s for FedEx Express regional service over several years, the president and CEO of Idaho-based cargo carrier Empire Airlines was poised to re-fleet and expand with ATR-42 aircraft, which were being converted to freighter configuration. Then there was the question of […]

Narrowbodies: Today’s conversion choices

There are eight current narrowbody conversion programs, half of which are in development, with the other half currently available for conversion. A320 Conversion Houses: PACAVI, EFW Configurations: P-to-F Program Status: PACAVI – announced October 2014 EFW – announced June 2015 A321 Conversion Houses: PACAVI, EFW Configurations: P-to-F Program Status: PACAVI – announced October 2014 EFW […]