July's 51 freighter deals are led by Boeing 767 deliveries

ONE-THIRD (35 per cent) of the 51 freighter aircraft transactions in July involved Boeing 767s, with demand for both production freighters and conversions from passenger jet configurations rising

19 August 2019 - 19:00

ONE-THIRD (35 per cent) of the 51 freighter aircraft transactions in July involved Boeing 767s, with demand for both production freighters and conversions from passenger jet configurations rising.

FedEx and UPS each took delivery of one new-build B767F, while Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries redelivered one freighter-converted B767-300F to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) and another to LATAM Cargo.

Although there has been a resurgence in B737-300 transaction activity, mainly on the back of Rostrum Leasing's acquisition and conversion of ex-Southwest airframes, inductions of B737-400s and B757-200s slowed - with just one B757-200 inducted for conversion by Precision Aircraft Solutions, reported Seattle's Cargo Facts.

As Bulgaria-based Cargo Air's recently-deferred B737-400 and B737-800 conversions suggest, the global B737 MAX grounding continues to dent feedstock availability for narrowbody conversions.

UPS took delivery of a 747-8F from Boeing - its 12th unit of 28 on order, leaving a backlog of 16 units. It also received a B767-300F from the US aircraft manufacturer.

El Al Israel Airlines returned its only B747-400F off lease. The carrier is retiring the aircraft after nine years of service and is terminating its own freighter operations.

Flexport ended its aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) arrangement with Western Global Airlines involving a 747-400 Boeing converted freighter.

The company has switched to ACMI-leasing space on a B747-400F from Nippon Cargo Airlines' logistics affiliate, Plus Logistics. The aircraft is operated by Atlas Air on a CMI basis for NCA.

Start-up Air Hawaii Cargo also entered into an ACMI agreement with NCA involving the same B747-400F, to be flown by Atlas twice weekly from Los Angeles to Hong Kong via Honolulu.

Atlas Air started flying two B747-400Fs for Qantas Freight on an ACMI basis, replacing two other Atlas B747-400Fs.

Qatar Airways took delivery of a 777F from Boeing, raising the number of B777Fs in its fleet to 17.

FedEx took delivery of two 777Fs from Boeing. The company also received a 767-300F from Boeing. The express integrator's seventy-fifth 767-300F flew from Paine Field to Indianapolis. FedEx also ordered six more B767-300Fs.

Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) inducted a B767-300ER for conversion to freighter configuration, and acquired another B767-300ER.

LATAM Cargo took redelivery of a 767-300 Boeing converted freighter (ex-LATAM Airlines Argentina). The aircraft had been at Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) in Taipei since February and was flown from Taipei to Bogota via Los Angeles.

Cargojet acquired two B767-200s (both ex-UTair) and a 767-200BDSF (Bedek-designed special freighter, ex-21 Air). The passenger aircraft will be converted to freighters by IAI Aviation, and redelivered in the fourth quarter and second quarter of 2020 respectively.

An Airbus A330-300 (ex-Shanghai Airlines) was ferried to Dresden in Germany, ahead of expected conversion by EFW into freighter configuration. The aircraft had previously been in storage at Teruel, Spain.

Precision Aircraft Solutions inducted a B757-200 (ex-American Airlines) for conversion at the Flightstar Aircraft Services facility in Jacksonville. The aircraft will be redelivered to Spanish carrier Swift Air, on lease from Jetran.

Swift Air took redelivery of a Boeing 757-200PCF (ex-American Airlines) on lease from Airwork. The aircraft was converted by Precision Aircraft Solutions at the AerSale facility in Goodyear, Arizona.

Southern Air started operating a 737-800BCF (ex-Jet Airways) for Amazon. The aircraft is on lease from GECAS and is the fourth to be operated by the Atlas Air subsidiary for Amazon.

GECAS inducted a B737-800 (ex-Pegasus Airlines) for conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing. The aircraft was ferried from Istanbul to Shanghai, where touch labour will be performed by Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services (BSAS).

My Indo Airlines took delivery of its first B737-400F (ex-AsiaCargo Express).

UK-based Titan Airways took redelivery of a B737-400SF (ex-British Airways) on lease from Automatic. The aircraft was converted by Aeronautical Engineers Inc at the Commercial Jet facility in Dothan, Alabama, and was ferried to Stansted via Montreal and Reykjavik.

Vx Capital took redelivery of a B737-400SF (ex-Yamal Airlines) after conversion to a freighter by AEI.

Ireland-based Rostrum Leasing took redelivery of a B737-300F (ex-Southwest) following freighter conversion by PEMCO. Rostrum Leasing also inducted another B737-300 (ex-Southwest) for conversion by PEMCO at its facility in Tampa, Florida.

Start-up carrier Mongolian Airways Cargo took delivery of its first freighter, a B737-300F (ex-China Postal Airlines). The aircraft was delivered to Ulaanbaatar.

Cebu Pacific took redelivery of a converted ATR 72-500F from IPR Conversions. The aircraft is the first freighter for Cebu Pacific and previously flew in passenger configuration with the airline.


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