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Are Cargolux & Silk Way getting Cathay B747 Freighters?
A report in Skyliners has indicated that both Silk Way Airlines and Cargolux will each acquire a Boeing 747-400F from Cathay Pacific. The two aircraft, one of which until now was stored in the desert by the Hong Kong-based carrier are said to have been slotted for the two freighter airlines. Silk Way is to receive the aircraft sitting in the desert and Cargolux is meant to receive a B747-400F which is currently in service with Cathay.
The deal has however so far not been confirmed.

Boeing 777-300 passenger jet operated by TAAG
Boeing 777-300 passenger jet operated by TAAG

TAAG Angola Airlines to start B747 freighter flights
The Luanda-based Angolan national carrier is said to have signed a long-term contract with Network Airline Management (NAM) to acquire a B747-400F in order to start up regular cargo flights from Luanda to Liege (Belgium).
Planned is a weekly two-way service with the aircraft which is capable of carrying 120 tons of cargo. Flights to Luanda will carry oil related material as well as general cargo and flights from Luanda are expected to be sold to Angolan companies.
TAAG operates a fleet of 12 aircraft serving 28 destinations.

Martinair MD-11F operations will cease in July
Ruth press reports state that Friday, July the 8th, is the last day of operations for the Martinair MD-11F fleet.
The once proud passenger and cargo operator still has two MD-11Fs in its fleet. The rest of the six strong fleet have disappeared in the AF-KL decision to run down the airline.
One aircraft will leave on July 1, followed by the last one on 8 July. 
This, then leaves Martinair with just four B747-400Fs which will operate for AF-KL Cargo.

CAL adds a third B747 freighter
CAL Cargo Airlines which has its main base in Tel Aviv, will increase its freighter fleet to three aircraft by adding an additional B747-400F.
The addition is in line with CAL’s Growth Strategy planning aimed at increasing scheduled and charter flights from their European hub at Liege Airport.
Up until two years ago, CAL was still operating with old B747-200 series aircraft. These have been replaced by -400 series planes during the past eighteen months.

Alaska Airlines revamps cargo operations by adding freighters
Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is moving away from operating “combi aircraft“ to full freighters.
The airline is convinced that there are new business opportunities on hand which warrant introducing all cargo aircraft into their fleet.
Three Boeing 737-700 passenger aircraft have been sent to Tel Aviv for passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion.
The first converted aircraft is expected into service with Alaska Airlines by December of this year. The remaining two will join the freight department towards the end of the first quarter of 2017.
Five B737-400 Combi aircraft presently still in the fleet will be phased out by the end of 2017.

Cargolux flies flowers direct to Amsterdam
The Luxembourg based all cargo carrier has changed its destination airport to Amsterdam (AMS) for the carriage of flowers from South America.
The service which starts with immediate effect, previously operated through the other Dutch airport, Maastricht (MST).
The carrier states that this move will broaden their service to importers of which up to 90 percent are Dutch companies.
The move to leave MST for AMS was apparently at the wish of the clients from the Amsterdam flower market.
Using Amsterdam is said to reduce transport time considerably as there is no need to truck flowers anymore from Maastricht up to the Amsterdam markets.
Cargolux has been serving the South American perishable market with regular flights for the past seventeen years.

FRA Air Cargo Community (FACC) gets two new Executive Board members
Soeren Stark, Executive Board member operations at Lufthansa Cargo has taken the helm as Chairman of the FACC Board and succeeds Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht who has retired from active service at the German carrier.
Goetz Wendenburg, Branch manager of Kuhne+Nagel also joins the FACC Executive Board as spokesman for the freight forwarder members.
New member is the Airfreight Agents & Logistics Community of the German states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate - in short - SLV.
The SLV represents more than 400 companies in air freight and logistics sectors and which employ more than 30,000 staff in the area.

Last part of Hahn Airport also to be sold
The German state of Hesse which holds a minority 17.5 percent share in Hahn Airport has said that it will also sell its share to a Shanghai-based investment company.
The deal is expected to cost the same investor who bought the 82.5 percent held by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, around 1.4 million euros.
The actual sale price for the 82.5 percent was not revealed when the deal was made two weeks ago. However it was mentioned that the amount was in the low million figures and would amount to 6.6 million euros if taken on par to the amount paid for the 17.5 percent share.
A cheap deal amounting to around 8 million euros.

John Mc Donagh

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