In this issue of CargoForwarder Global we again give you some short updates on cargo aircraft fleet movements. It is particularly notable that MD-11 freighters have become a dying breed.
The Ethiopian national carrier has decided to end MD-11F operations and have already parked both aircraft of this type at Addis Ababa airport.
The aircraft will eventually be positioned back to the United States, hopefully be marketed to new owners.
Ethiopian Airlines is now concentrating its long haul cargo operations with their five Boeing 777 freighters.
The Air France-KLM cargo daughter has retired the first two MD-11Fs. The aircraft with registrations PH-MCR and PH-MCS were parked at Amsterdam Schiphol airport.
The remaining 4 Martinair MD-11Fs are planned to be out of the fleet by latest the end of 2016, or even earlier.
The Taiwan based carrier also ended MD-11F operations at the end of the first quarter of this year. The MD-11F had been in service with EVA Air for over 21 years. The MD-11 had a long history with EVA. The carrier had a total of 12 passenger versions and 9 freighter aircraft in service at one time.
Three ex Aeroflot MD-11Fs which were stored in Victorville have apparently got U.S. registrations. Who they are destined for is so far unknown.
The registrations are N380BC, N382BC, N383BC.
The Ugandan start up carrier has applied for an operating permit with the Ugandan civil aviation authorities. Permission still has to be given.
Nile is said to be eyeing operations on what they see as underserved and unserved inner African routes with Boeing737-300Fs of which the first still has to be acquired.
They are rumoured to also want to start passsenger services to London and Dubai.
EVA Air commits to B777Fs
They EVA Air) have converted a letter of intent (LOI) with Boeing into a firm order for a total of five B777F aircraft. The value of the deal is estimated at US$1.5 billion at regular list price.
The Taiwanese carrier already operates eight B747-400Fs on worldwide routes.
Ohana to get ATR72-200 Freighters
The Hawaiian Airlines daughter company, Ohana By Hawaiian, is going to get three ATR-72-200 freighters in order to start inter-island freighter services.
The new operation is planned to start as of mid 2016.
Ohana already operates ATR42-500 passenger aircraft within the Hawaiian island network.
Last but not least - Fedex expands fleet further
Not hot off the press - but worth mentioning for readers who did not yet hear the news.
Fedex has placed a massive order with Boeing for a total of 50 new B767-300 freighters.
On top of this there is an option with Boeing for a further 50 aircraft of the same type.
Deliveries of the first fifty aircraft will begin in 2018 and run through to 2023.
Fedex have also retired seven of their MD-11Fs (see above news brief) from the fleet and it is expected that more will follow once the B767Fs start coming on line.
John Mc Donagh