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An Atlas Air 747 being loaded with cargo. (Photo: Atlas Air Worldwide, Inc.)

Atlas Air Adds 747s As Cargo Demand Grows

On Tuesday, New York-based Atlas Air Worldwide announced it had purchased four new Boeing 747-8 freighters. According to the carrier, the jets have been ordered to help the company meet growing cargo demand, especially as the e-commerce and express sectors skyrocket due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Why the 747-8F? Atlas Air is the largest operator of the 747 series aircraft, with 53 in its fleet. While the company has a mix of 747-8Fs, 747-400Fs and Large Cargo Freighters (LCF), the company…

Flight Crew and COVID-19 Restrictions: Going Forward into 2021

Air travel has been significantly curtailed due to COVID-19, with international travel, in particular, being a shadow of what it once was. The international flights that have lasted through the pandemic, however, are posing an unforeseen set of challenges for airlines as they try to make it out to the…

UPS Airlines Announces First Flights to Vietnam

Earlier this week, UPS Airlines announced its first-ever flights to Vietnam. The first flight, UPS flight number 146, arrived on September 15, 2020 at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport and was operated with one of the shipping giant’s Boeing 767-34AF freighters. UPS Airlines' new route to…

UPS to Quadruple Ramp Space at Kansas City International Airport

UPS has announced that it will expand its ramp space at the Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, Missouri. after the City Council of Kansas City approved an extended lease agreement for the shipping giant’s air gateway. The cargo operator leases its facility at Kansas City International from Aeroterm.…

Reports: Boeing Set to End 747 Production

"Boeing has not told employees, but the company is pulling the plug on its 747 jumbo jet, ending a half-century run. The last 747-800 will roll out of a Seattle area factory in about two years," reported Bloomberg on Thursday citing people familiar with the matter. The last 747-8 will…

UPS Airlines to Begin Service from Gary/Chicago International Airport This…

Earlier this month, UPS Airlines announced that it will begin service from Gary/Chicago International Airport in Gary, Ind.  The flights will be operated using the carrier's Airbus A300 freighters between Gary and the cargo giant's global air hub in Louisville, Ky. This new route is yet another that shows UPS's…

Freight Volume Surges at Ontario International Airport as Passenger Numbers…

This week, California's Ontario International Airport announced a 26.64 percent increase in freight volume for the month of April 2020. That represents the airport's second straight month of gains above 20 percent. 75,171 tons of freight were loaded and unloaded at Ontario during April 2020 compared to 59,359 tons in…

UPS Airlines to Operate ‘Project Air Bridge’ Flights in Response…

This week, UPS Airlines announced that it will operate 25 charter flights as part of "Project Air Bridge." Project Air Bridge was launched by the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on March 29, 2020.  Its purpose is to expedite the delivery of medical supplies and personal protective equipment…

UPS Airlines Increases Mexico Service

On Thursday, UPS Airlines announced that it will begin a new flight for export shipments from Querétaro in central Mexico. UPS will operate the route using its Airbus A300-600 aircraft. The new route appears to reaffirm UPS' commitment to its A300 fleet. Last fall, UPS conducted a successful test flight…

UPS Announces Successful Test Flight of A300 with Flight Deck…

UPS Airlines has announced that Airbus recently conducted a successful test flight of its first A300 with a robust set of flight deck upgrades. The shipping giant currently operates 52 Airbus A300-600 freighters and plans to complete the flight deck upgrades on its entire A300 fleet.  The A300 represents approximately 20…