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A Lufthansa A330 in Dallas. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

Lufthansa Group Moves Forward With Passenger-to-Freighter Conversions

Lufthansa Technik, the MRO division of Lufthansa Group, obtained approval from the German Federal Aviation Authority for an Engineering Order Specific Tailsign for four Airbus A330-300 passenger aircraft belonging to Lufthansa. These aircraft will be put to service in the cargo division of the German airline to transport medical products due to the increasing demand for cargo flights caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The transformation of each aircraft took 36 hours and a comprehensive technical documentation presentation was previously required.…

Air Canada Converts Three Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft For Cargo Operations

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has not spared Canada and its air transport industry. Air Canada has reduced its capacity by 85-90 percent during the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. During the month of April, the Montreal-based carrier is planning to serve a…

RwandAir Looking to Commence Cargo Flights Amid COVID-19 Scare

With regards to low passenger demand for air travel, RwandAir may soon opt for air-freight services to navigate the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic at a time when airlines are seeking new and creative ways to remain operational in the face of the pandemic. This is according to multiple reports in Kigali…

Getting Creative: Aegean Airlines Converts Fleet to Cargo Aircraft

As airlines deal with a sharp decline in air travel demand and closed borders, they are becoming creative in finding new ways to keep their aircraft flying. On March 26, Aegean Airlines temporarily suspended its international network until April 30 in an effort to preserve the sustainability of its operations.…

Photos: EVA Air Bids Farewell to 747 Fleet With Final…

Inevitably, the Queen of the Skies is winding down from regular commercial service. EVA Air, one of the few remaining Boeing 747 operators, is retiring the freighter variant from its Taipei to Los Angeles, officially ending the aircraft type's service for the company. EVA took delivery of its first Boeing…

JAL Cargo Finds New Strengths In Alliances Nearly A Decade…

Due to a rough 2000s, Japan Airlines (JAL) was struggling and by 2009, its inevitable trip into Corporate Rehabilitation Law was on the horizon. As the airline looked for ways of reducing debt the presence of some of their underperforming branches, one way was the reduction of JAL Cargo and…

Cathay Pacific Grows European Cargo Operations

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is continuing to expand its services, starting with a busy month for the airline. The carrier started a new four times per week service between Hong Kong and Seattle, along with the confirmation of taking over Hong Kong Express for $630 million from cash-strapped Chinese conglomerate…

Eva Air and China Airlines: The Airline Parcel Pair That…

While the Dutch and Spanish were not the first people to discover the island of Taiwan, they were some of the first to attempt to launch long-distance trade with the island. Due to forces outside of their control, this trade would not last and the island would face various factors…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: DETA Air

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the newly-formed Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region of Europe would become a melting pot of new privatized airlines looking to capitalize on new markets and untapped services inside these newly independent nations. This trend would see airline rise in fall in the…

Cargo Giant ASTG Acquires Omni Air International in $845 Million…

Cargo transportation leader and charter services operator Air Transport Services Group (ASTG) has acquired Omni Air International. Omni is known for its widebody charter operations including U.S. military charters, making an acquisition by ATSG a logical next step for expansion. The transaction is valued at $845 million and is expected to…