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SAA to shrink freighter fleet after ending overnight deliveries

FOLLOWING the termination of overnight freighter operations, South African Airways (S) is preparing to return a 737-300F to Star Air Cargo that was leased under an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) arrangement

SAA to shrink freighter fleet after ending overnight deliveries

FOLLOWING the termination of overnight freighter operations, South African Airways (S) is preparing to return a 737-300F to Star Air Cargo that was leased under an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) arrangement

17 June 2019 - 19:00

FOLLOWING the termination of overnight freighter operations, South African Airways (S) is preparing to return a 737-300F to Star Air Cargo that was leased under an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) arrangement.

The carrier will now continue to fly two converted 737-300Fs while evaluating modernisation options, reports Seattle's Cargo Facts.



The unit returned to Star Air Cargo does not appear to have flown for about six months, according to FlightRadar24. That leaves S with an active freighter fleet those two that have been on lease from GECAS since the aircraft were converted from ex-Shandong Airlines in 2007.



Without overnight operations, the freighters are utilised on short regional routes from the carrier's hub Johannesburg (JNB).



As is the case with many 737-300Fs in operation, S's freighters are not young and will eventually need to be replaced. Both aircraft are approaching 30 years of age,


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