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Astral Aviation during the COVID-19 pandemic transported in excess of 15,000 tonnes of PPEs, testing kits, ventilators and other related products (Photo: Astral Aviation)

Astral Aviation Prepared to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine Within Africa

Weeks after taking delivery of a Boeing 767-200 freighter from the Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) with a five-year lease, Nairobi-based cargo airline Astral Aviation now says it is ready for the distribution of recently discovered COVID-19 vaccines during its forthcoming distribution across its scheduled network of 15 destinations within Africa and a further 50 destinations available on charter flights with its fleet of 14 freighter jets. Astral Aviation — in its 20 years of providing freight services — has…

New Cargo Airline Begins Operations in Colombia, Airports May Reopen…

Panamericana Airlines, a Colombian company founded in Barranquilla under the direction of Thomas Friese, announced that it will begin operations in the second half of August. In an interview for El Heraldo, Ronald Peña, Panamericana Airlines Expansion Manager, said that the carrier will first offer international service to Miami and…

Korean Air Suspends Flights, Adjusts Premium Classes and Freighter Fleet

Korean Air announced Monday that it is scaling back a significant number of flights due to the decrease in passenger volume because of the coronavirus. In a press release, the airline announced it would be either suspending or reducing the frequency on dozens of flights in both its international and…

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…

China Airlines Begins Regional and Cargo Fleet Renewal with $2…

China Airlines' board of directors has approved the purchase of three Boeing 777 Freighters and 11 Airbus A321neo aircraft. The deal was publicized in a document from the Taiwanese Stock Exchange and the total cost of two deals, reportedly, will not exceed $2.48 billion. The Taipei-based airline has confirmed two…

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…

Atlas Air 767 Freighter Crashes Near Houston-IAH

An Atlas Air Boeing 767-300ER Freighter has crashed into Trinity Bay, east of Houston. The aircraft departed Miami International Airport with Houston Intercontinental airport as its destination at 11:33 local time, and crashed "shortly before 12:45", according to an FAA statement. The crash occurred about 40 miles southeast of Bush…

Qatar Airways Orders More 777-300ERs, Outlines Future Cargo Plans

At the Boeing Everett Delivery Center on Monday, Qatar Airways received its first of two Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft. The delivery ceremony was attended by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister, and Vice Chairman of the Boeing…