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JUL 19
Vol. 39, No. 7C
FedEx firms up order for six 767Fs 
FedEx Express recently exercised options to purchase six more 767-300Fs from Boeing [FATs 005050-005056]. The integrator expects to take delivery of these six frames in FY2022 and now has a total of fifty-nine 767-300Fs on firm order.

Although FedEx had initially hinted at more 767Fs in a recent update that appeared in its Q4 Stat Book, the order is only surfaced in Boeing’s orderbook this week. FedEx’s Q4 FY19 Stat Book shows a total of eighteen 767Fs to be delivered in FY2022, up from just twelve in the previous edition published in Q3. 

While the majority of FedEx’s 767F fleet is based in the United States, the company recently deployed its first own-operated 767-300F in its intra-European network, replacing an A300-600F. Based on flight-tracking data, a production 767F delivered to FedEx in November 2014 was ferried from the FedEx World Hub in Memphis (MEM) to the European hub in Paris (CDG) in mid-June 2019. The aircraft (42710) has been flying exclusively between Dublin (DUB) and CDG via London Stansted (STN) since early July. FedEx hasn’t announced any plans to roll out more 767s across its European network to replace older A300s, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the trend continues. 
IAI inducts another 767 for CAM, likely headed for UPS
Earlier this week, Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) ferried a 767-300 (29228, ex-LATAM) to Tel Aviv (TLV) where it was inducted for conversion to freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) [FATs 005048-005049]. The induction boosts the number of CAM-owned 767-300s currently undergoing conversion in Tel Aviv to six, at least three of which are expected to be leased to Amazon upon redelivery.

While the aircraft inducted this week could end up operating for Amazon, the age profile of the airframe and source of the feedstock suggest it may end up with another carrier.

Below is a brief summary of recent IAI 767 inductions for CAM that Cargo Facts believes will end up on lease to Amazon:
  • 24035, ex-American Airlines, aged thirty-one years, was inducted in November 2018 and is expected to be redelivered to CAM later this summer ahead of lease to Amazon.
  • 26913, ex-30 West, aged twenty-five years, was inducted in March 2019.
  • 24983, ex-Delta Airlines, aged twenty-nine years, was inducted in May 2019.
Two other aircraft in conversion for CAM, meanwhile, are not yet connected to a lessee:
  • 28039, ex-Air Italy, aged twenty-three years, was inducted in April 2019.
  • 28041, ex-Air Italy, aged twenty-three years, was inducted in March 2019.
Returning to the ex-LATAM airframe, the aircraft rolled off the assembly line just over twenty-one years ago and more closely resembles the age profile of the Air Italy aircraft. Although there are a number of potential customers for the aircraft following redelivery, UPS is likely at the top of the list. During a May earnings call with analysts, CAM’s parent ATSG said it was expecting to convert and redeliver at least nine 767-300s in 2019 with five going to Amazon, and four going to UPS.

Cebu Pacific takes redelivery of first IPR-converted ATR 72F

IPR Conversions redelivered the first of two passenger-to-freighter converted ATR 72-500Fs to Philippines-based Cebu Pacific [FAT 005059]. The aircraft (820) was previously part of Cebu Pacific’s own passenger fleet and will be the airline’s first dedicated freighter.
After making a couple of short test flights around Dinard (DNR), France, where the aircraft was converted to freighter configuration, unit 820 took off from DNR at approximately 10:30 am local time and landed in Paphos (PFO), Cyprus, about seven hours later, according to flight-tracking data. It will presumably have to make at least one or two more stops on its ferry flight back to Manila (MNL).

Apart from being Cebu Pacific’s first freighter, unit 820 is also the first freighter for any carrier in the Philippines. It will allow the airline to transport a variety of items around the Philippine islands, where many airports can only be served with turboprops like the ATR 72. Cebu Pacific originally inked an agreement with IPR for two ATR 72-500 conversions in July 2018. Unit 820, along with another of the airline’s ATR 72-500s (828), were both inducted for conversion at the Sabena Technics facility in Dinard last year. Both ATR 72-500Fs will be operated by Cebu Pacific’s Cebgo subsidiary, which currently operates six ATR 72-500s and thirteen ATR 72-600s.

IPR, meanwhile, appears to also have redelivered ‘Ohana by Hawaiian’s third freighter-converted ATR 72-200F (432, ex-First Air) [FAT 005060]. Based on flight-tracking data, that aircraft, which will be operated by Idaho-based Empire Airlines, was ferried from the Empire MRO facility in Coeur d’Alene (COE) to Roswell (ROW). Hawaiian is expecting to add a fourth ATR 72-200F to its regional freighter fleet.
More international flights for YTO Airlines
Earlier this week, YTO Cargo Airlines announced it was adding two new international destinations to its network and began serving Tashkent International Airport (TAS) in Uzbekistan, and Manila International Airport (MNL) in the Philippines. On 15 July, YTO commenced flights from Ürümqi (URC) in western China, to TAS utilizing a 737-300F. The following day, YTO launched the first of what will eventually amount to thrice-weekly 757-200PCF flights to MNL from its base in Hangzhou (HGH). 

Since YTO added its first 757-200PCF in late 2017, most new routes connect international destinations outside of China, in support of growing demand for cross-border e-commerce shipments. YTO said it has further plans to launch at least two new international cargo routes from Ürümqi later this year. Although the new flights allude to an appetite for more freighters to to support continued growth, the carrier does not currently have any aircraft in conversion. For now, YTO’s fleet comprises five 757-200PCFs and seven 737-300Fs. 
Recent freighter aircraft transactions: 
GECAS inducted a 737-800 (32348, ex-Pegasus Airlines) for conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing [FAT 005050]. The aircraft was ferried from Istanbul (SAW) to Shanghai (PVG) where touch labor will be performed by Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services (BSAS) .  

FedEx took delivery of a 767-300F (63107) from Boeing [FAT 005058]. The express integrator’s seventy-fifth 767-300F flew from Paine Field (PAE) to Indianapolis (IND). 
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