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La Presse had an interesting little feature yesterday on how the freighter conversion project came about - some AC Cargo and Avionair people at a lower or mid-level talked about it - it doesn't say ho

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CMA CGM Cargo Plans To Add New York & Atlanta To Route Network
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Mark Finlay
March 27, 2021

French Ocean container line CMA CGM’s new cargo airline CMA CGM AIR CARGO announced via social media on Friday that it would be operating two new roots from Liege, Belgium, to Atlanta and New York from Sunday, March 28, 2021. This news comes fast on the heels of the launch of its first route between Liège Airport (LGG) and Chicagos’ O’Hare International Airport (ORD), which commenced flights just over two weeks ago.

CMA CGM Air Cargo already flies to Chicago. Photo: CMA CGM Air Cargo
The aircraft, registration number OO-AIR, is the second of four used Airbus A330-200F aircraft that CMA CGM AIR CARGO plans to use on routes between the former industrial powerhouse and the United States. After seeing a surge in demand for air cargo and the logistics required to ship the COVID-19 vaccine worldwide, CMA CGM AIR CARGO purchased the aircraft from Qatar Airways Cargo.

The planes are from Qatar Airways Cargo
Wanting to strike while the iron is hot, CMA CGM AIR CARGO opted to buy four used Airbus  A330-200F aircraft from Qatar Airways Cargo. The Gulf carrier had already earmarked the retirement of its four remaining A330-200F to make way for the arrival of new Boeing triple seven freighters from Boeing’s Everett factory in Washington.

With the Boeing 777F’s arriving in January 2021, the timing was perfect for CMA CGM’s new Liege-based cargo airline launch. According to the aviation enthusiast website planespotters.net, the four 60-tonne-payload Airbus A330-200F freighter aircraft are relatively young, with an average age of 5.7 years.

CMA CGM Air Cargo is based at Liege Airport in Belgium. Photo: CMA CGM Air Cargo
When speaking about why the container shipping giant had decided to get into the air freight business, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group Rodolphe Saadé said the following in a company statement released February 12, 2021:

“In response to the growing demand from our customers for agile logistics solutions, we are creating a new division within the CMA CGM Group dedicated to air transport: CMA CGM Air Cargo. This division will launch with four Airbus A330-200F aircraft and will leverage commercial partnerships with airlines in order to deliver global coverage. This is a major milestone in the development of our logistics services.”

Air Belgium will operate the planes
In another move designed to get the airline flying as soon as possible, CMA CGM decided to partner with Air Belgium and operate its aircraft under Air Belgiums’ Air Operators Certificate (AOC) rather than wait to get an AOC of its own.

With ORD taking care of the distribution and logistics of goods arriving in the midwestern United States, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will take care of the northeast. At the same time, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) will be the south’s gateway.

Why Liege Airport?
Liege Airport is strategically located at the heart of the Amsterdam-Paris-Frankfurt golden triangle, one of the busiest business districts in all of Europe.  Located less than a day’s drive from most of Europes major city’s Liege Airport is easily accessed by a superb uncongested motorway network.

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Air Belgium operates CMA CGM Air Cargo flights. Image: CMA CGM Air Cargo
It is primarily set up to operate as a cargo airport; Liege airport handles 73% of all European air freight by offering the facilities and prices that other airports can’t match.

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cargo.one to welcome Air Canada Cargo as its first North American carrier

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cargo.one to welcome Air Canada on its leading ebooking platform and to deliver on its global expansion strategy, funded by its December 2020 Series-B investment round.

Berlin, March 30, 2021 – cargo.one has entered into a letter of intent with Air Canada, through its cargo division Air Canada Cargo, to offer its capacity on cargo.one’s leading air cargo booking platform. Upon conclusion of a definitive agreement, freight forwarders will soon have access to a first-class booking experience with real-time capacity and quotes. The airline is poised to become the first North American airline on the cargo.one ebooking platform.

“We are delighted to double down on our global expansion strategy and look forward to welcoming Air Canada Cargo on board as a first mover in the North American region. Air Canada Cargo’s constant drive for innovation and technology to offer customers the best possible service is very much in line with cargo.one’s values and strategy,” stated Moritz Claussen, Co-Founder and Managing Director of cargo.one. “Given the current capacity constraints out of Europe to North America, cargo.one’s growing user base will now have additional real-time access to much sought-after space at the click of a button.“ 

Jason Berry, Vice President Cargo at Air Canada, said: “An association with cargo.one will enable us to deliver on our customer promise of providing easy and reliable booking access to our growing capacities and help us to further develop our digital distribution capabilities. A concluded definitive agreement will support Air Canada Cargo’s rapid cargo network expansion, increase its day-to-day efficiency, while at the same time offering customers an outstanding service quality and seamless online access to attractive connections to and from Europe, Latin America, the US and Asia-Pacific.” 

cargo.one raised more than $60 million in two funding rounds last year to support its rapid expansion, with one key focus on establishing a North American presence. It recently appointed Chad Tibor as Vice President and General Manager Airlines for the Americas, to shape its supplier growth strategy on the American continents. Chad Tibor commented: “We look forward to supporting Air Canada Cargo’s growth as it adds more cargo flights and takes delivery of the first two of its freighters later this year. We see the Americas as key markets for cargo.one and will continue to invest in long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships with carriers here, with Air Canada as a blueprint.”

cargo.one and Air Canada Cargo have kicked off their integration phase. Subject to the conclusion of a definitive agreement which is planned to be finalized by April 30, Europe to North America flights are expected to go live in the second quarter of 2021.

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Cargojet Expands Relationship with Amazon

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MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 1, 2021 /CNW/ – Cargojet Inc. (“Cargojet”) (TSX: CJT) announced today that it has entered into a new Air Transportation Services Agreement with Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services, ULC (“Amazon”). 

Under the agreement, Cargojet will expand upon its existing commercial relationship with Amazon. As part of this arrangement, Cargojet will operate two Amazon-owned B767-300BDSF aircraft as part of the Amazon Air network on a CMI basis within Canada starting mid-2021. Cargojet expects the agreement to generate additional revenue growth to Cargojet’s earnings and cash flows over time. The agreement has a four-year term with three successive two-year renewal options.

“We are very excited to expand our long-term relationship of providing a portfolio of services which support the rapid growth of e-Commerce in Canada.  This new four-year Agreement with renewal options is a testament to our relentless focus on exceeding customer expectations,” said Dr. Ajay Virmani, President and CEO Cargojet.

Cargojet is Canada’s leading provider of time sensitive premium air cargo services to all major cities across North America, providing Dedicated ACMI and International Charter services and carries over 25,000,000 pounds of cargo weekly. Cargojet operates its network with its own fleet of 27 Cargo aircraft.

 
 
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I see AC is now doing what amounts to daily 7xxx numbered flights into NRT and ICN, mainly with 777s, and has added near daily 7xxx-numbered flights to TPE with heavies. Also, some routings (charters?) via ATL and ORD. It will be interesting to see Q2 cargo revs.   

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Another oddity the past few days - a whole lot of Air Canada 777s flying between Halifax and Inchon. I'm guessing that seafood is part of this, but it still seems like a lot of capacity for lobsters. Maybe the regular lift has disappeared, chasing higher rates. Inchon seems to be sort of a hub for AC cargo ops right now, with regular service to NRT, PVG and TPE as well. Occasional flights to Australia/New Zealand. Saw an another AKL-YYZ flight on Flightradar

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Another oddity the past few days - a whole lot of Air Canada 777s flying between Halifax and Inchon. I'm guessing that seafood is part of this, but it still seems like a lot of capacity for lobsters. Maybe the regular lift has disappeared, chasing higher rates. Inchon seems to be sort of a hub for AC cargo ops right now, with regular service to NRT, PVG and TPE as well. Occasional flights to Australia/New Zealand. Saw an another AKL-YYZ flight on Flightradar

Incheon.

jumping off point of sorts. crews weren't allowed to stay in China for the longest time I think.

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Incheon.

jumping off point of sorts. crews weren't allowed to stay in China for the longest time I think.

I haven't seen as many of the Incheon flights continue on to PVG. What's new is that some are being routed ICN-BKK. And of course, some returns from both Asia and Europe are routing through ATL and ORD. Someone at AC is having the time of his/her life with all of this exotic route planning.

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Determination No. A-2021-55

April 16, 2021
 

APPLICATION by Chrono Jet inc. carrying on business as Groupe Chrono Aviation / Chrono Aviation Group (applicant) pursuant to section 61 of the Canada Transportation Act, SC 1996, c 10 (CTA).

 
Case number: 
21-02459
 

The applicant has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for a licence to operate a domestic service, all-cargo aircraft.

The applicant is currently licensed to operate a domestic service, large aircraft.

The Agency is satisfied that the applicant meets all the applicable requirements of section 61 of the CTA.

Accordingly, the Agency approves the application for a licence to operate a domestic service, all-cargo aircraft

 

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J. Mark MacKeigan
 

Determination No. A-2021-56

April 16, 2021
 

APPLICATION by Chrono Jet inc. carrying on business as Groupe Chrono Aviation / Chrono Aviation Group (applicant) pursuant to subsection 73(1) of the Canada Transportation Act, SC 1996, c 10 (CTA).

 
Case number: 
21-02460
 

The applicant has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for a licence to operate a non‑scheduled international service, all-cargo aircraft, to transport traffic on a charter basis between Canada and any other country.

The applicant is currently licensed to operate a non‑scheduled international service, large aircraft, between Canada and any other country.

The Agency is satisfied that the applicant meets all the applicable requirements of subsection 73(1) of the CTA.

Further, with respect to this application, the applicant has undertaken that it will not contravene section 59 of the CTA prior to the issuance of the applied for licence.

Accordingly, the Agency approves the application for a licence to operate a non‑scheduled international service, all-cargo aircraft.

 

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J. Mark MacKeigan
 
 
 
Following is a list of their 737s
5  Record(s) Found
Mark  Common Name  Model Name  Serial Number  Owner  Owner Regist. Since 
C-FBIM Boeing 737-247 23608 Chrono Jet Inc. 2019-09-25
           
C-FMBO Boeing 737-8Q8 30631 Chrono Jet Inc. 2021-04-13
C-FYPN Boeing 737-2T4 22529 Chrono Jet Inc. 2020-09-14
C-GTVO Boeing 737-219C 22994 Chrono Jet Inc. 2018-12-11
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Cargojet continues strong momentum as it reports Q1, 2021

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MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 3, 2021 /CNW/ – Cargojet Inc. (“Cargojet” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: CJT) announced today financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Total Revenues for the quarter were $160.3 million compared to first quarter 2020 Revenues of $123.0 million. Gross Margin for the quarter was $45.3 million compared to first quarter 2020 Gross Margin of $32.2 million. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR for the quarter were $64.2 million compared to the first quarter 2020 Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR of $44.6 million.

Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $35.2 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021 compared to $29.8 million for the same period in 2020 increased $5.4 million or 18.1%.

“With a fundamental shift in consumer shopping habits in several key categories, Cargojet has spent the last few quarters laying the foundation to capture the next phase of e-Commerce growth. We strengthened our balance sheet, invested in fleet expansion, broadened our portfolio of services and are investing in attracting and retaining top talent.” said Dr. Ajay Virmani, President  & CEO.

“What was previously a consumer led shift to digital is now rapidly becoming a merchant led shift, accelerating the move to e-Commerce even further. Our highly focused and professional team continues to work closely with our customers to support their changing needs while maintaining the best on-time performance in the industry” noted Dr.Virmani.

“With shifting supply chains, triggered by a significant reset of the international passenger routes, we also see opportunities to expand and diversify on select international lanes. We also continue to focus on growing our ACMI and Charter business as cargo capacity remains in high demand and we are constantly adapting to maintain our leadership position”. concluded Dr. Virmani.

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Boeing beefs up business to convert old 737 passenger planes into cargo jets

Leslie Josephs  2 hrs ago
  • Boeing is partnering with a Costa Rican company to add to freighter-conversion capacity. Old 737 passenger planes converted into freighters have won orders with companies including Amazon.
  • Cargo demand has been a relative bright spot in the pandemic while passenger travel remains below 2019 levels. Boeing is adding capacity to convert old 737 passenger planes into cargo haulers, a bet on continued growth in e-commerce.

The Chicago-based company said Wednesday it will add two production lines to convert Boeing 737-800s into freighters that will be operated by Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales, which is located in a free-trade zone near Costa Rica's capital, allowing for the duty-free importation of parts.  Coopesa – Coopesa Official Web Site

Converted 737 freighters have become more popular and won orders from Amazon as the e-commerce giant adds to the fleets of airlines that fly for its Amazon Air arm.

Boeing already converts 737-800s into freighters in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Jinan, China.

Air cargo has been a bright spot for airlines during the pandemic as passenger demand dropped sharply, while lower capacity has driven up freight costs. Air cargo volumes hit a record in March, the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday.

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