In this edition of CargoForwarder Global we again present a short update on some interesting cargo aircraft movements.
The South Korean regional and domestic carrier has acquired another Boeing 737 freighter.
The aircraft which is of the -300 series was bought to supplement Air Incheon‘s fleet of two B737-400Fs.
The Seoul-based carrier operates freight services to Russia (Sakhalin), Japan (Narita) and China (Yantai).
The carrier was first founded in 2012 and commenced operations in 2013.
Air Incheon has plans to acquire a B767 passenger variant and have it converted as a freighter. It received a special dispensation from the Korean government for the conversion as Korean law stipulates that aircraft which are more than 20 years old must be replaced by newer versions.
The Shanghai-headquartered Chinese carrier which operates a fleet of modern passenger and cargo aircraft is bucking the present fleet trend by returning one of its B747 freighters back into active service.
The aircraft in question is one of two B747-400Fs which they retired from active service back in 2013.
The carrier has moved the aircraft (serial number B-2473) over to Guangzhou in order to prepare it for return to duty.
China Southern also states that the sister aircraft (B-2461) will also be back in the air as of August this year.
The backbone of the China Southern cargo fleet is its nine Boeing 777 freighters.
The 747Fs will be used on routes to Europe and probably on the new service to London’s Stansted airport.
The Brasilian cargo carrier which is a one hundred percent daughter of the Colt Aviation Group founded in Miami in 1997 has introduced a third Boeing 737-400F to strengthen its cargo services within Brazil.
The first two aircraft which were Air Maroc passenger versions were converted by Pemco.
The third aircraft, also a passenger conversion was parked in Tampa, Florida before being converted as a freighter.
Colt Cargo operates freight and small parcels services throughout Brazil and also markets its services to international carriers which fly to Sao Paulo Guarulhos airport.
It is rumoured that Colt will operate one of their aircraft on behalf of another South American carrier on an ACMI basis.
Cargojet and First Air come closer together
Cargojet Airways, based in Hamilton, Ontario and First Air have decided to strengthen their existing agreement for commercial transport.
The original agreement saw Cargojet taking over First Air‘s B767-200F lease and using the aircraft for Canadian domestic services.
The extension runs until 2025 and according to company information will allow both companies to offer far better services throughout Canada.
Atlas Air gets another B747-800F
Boeing and Atlas Air have reached an agreement for Atlas Air to receive another B747-8F which is scheduled for delivery to the New York-based carrier in November of this year.
The arrival of the new aircraft will bring the Atlas 747-8 series fleet up to ten aircraft.
Six of the new generation Boeing freighters in the Atlas fleet are operating on behalf of Polar Air Cargo, which is a daughter company of Atlas.
Atlas Air operates over fifty freighter aircraft in its fleet. Apart from the B747-8Fs, there are 22 B747-400Fs, with one more to be added along with 11 B767Fs and 1 B757F.
The 767Fs and the 757F are all on lease to DHL Express.
John Mc Donagh