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Air Canada Cargo expands new freighter network

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12 January 2022

By Damian Brett


CGI Air Canada B767 freighter. Source: Air Canada

Air Canada Cargo has continued to expand its recently-launched freighter network by adding a series of new flights.

On January 2, the carrier’s B767 freighters began operating a three-times-per week loop covering Toronto-Miami-Quito-Lima.

And from January 15, a new weekly flight to San Juan will be added from Toronto, while another three-times-per week service will fly between the Canadian city and Mexico City and Guadalajara.

The carrier said that the new schedule replaces its existing routing between Frankfurt, Toronto and Vancouver.

Air Canada took delivery of its first freighter in December, initially flying operations to Vancouver to assist in recovery efforts after British Columbia was hit by major floods.

In total, the carrier plans to convert eight of its B767 aircraft into a freighter configuration. The second aircraft is due to be delivered in the first half of this year.

The Boeing 767-300ER freighters will allow Air Canada Cargo to offer five different main deck configurations, increasing the overall cargo capacity of each aircraft to nearly 58 tonnes or 438 cu m, with approximately 75% of this capacity on the maindeck.

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Air Canada to expand Frankfurt cargo handling capacity

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26 / 01 / 2022

By Damian Brett


Air Canada Cargo will expand its handling operation in Frankfurt as it continues to roll out its freighter network.

The airline, which launched freighter flights late last year, will increase its handling capacity at the German hub by 35% in preparation for the start of service to the airport by its Boeing 767-300ER freighters later this year.

The new capacity is in addition to the existing 5,000 sq m already occupied by Air Canada Cargo in its self-handled Frankfurt facility.

John Lloyd, director, Europe, Middle East and India at Air Canada Cargo, said: “This represents a significant enhancement for Air Canada Cargo in Frankfurt, a facility that plays a key role in our global operations.

“It will further enhance our capabilities as we ramp up operations with the anticipated arrival of regular freighter operations into this critical hub.”

On January 2, the carrier’s first B767 freighter began operating a three-times-per week loop covering Toronto-Miami-Quito-Lima.

And from January 15, a new weekly flight to San Juan was added from Toronto, while another three-times-per week service will fly between the Canadian city and Mexico City and Guadalajara.

In total, the carrier plans to convert eight of its B767 aircraft into a freighter configuration. The second aircraft is due to be delivered in the first half of this year.

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On 1/26/2022 at 5:20 PM, Kargokings said:

In total, the carrier plans to convert eight of its B767 aircraft into a freighter configuration. The second aircraft is due to be delivered in the first half of this year.

1 converted aircraft every 6 months?  That seems kind of slow.  Hangar space must be at a premium.,

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43 minutes ago, Specs said:

1 converted aircraft every 6 months?  That seems kind of slow.  Hangar space must be at a premium.,

Likely due to limited slots for the conversion.  I imagine the demand is outstripping the ability to do the conversions and then of course is the cost:

The average conversion cost for the B767-300ER is $15.8m USD

 B767-200BDSF and B767-300BDSF Passenger to Freighter (Cargo) Conversion | IAI

Following is a ad/info/etc. on the firm doing the AC 767s


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CHICAGO (WLS) -- A China Airlines cargo plane sustained serious damage during a taxiing crash at O'Hare.

Video shows the jet crashing into a baggage cart on the tarmac during Friday morning's snowstorm.

China Airlines' Corporate Communications Office said flight CI5240 was a 747-400F freighter that landed in Chicago from Anchorage, Alaska about 5:10 a.m.

The engine appears to suck in a luggage cart and hit at least one other as it tries to make a turn.

No one was hurt, but one of the plane's left engines was left badly damaged.

The airline blamed heavy snow and a slippery taxiway for the incident and is investigating.

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World’s First Large Freighter Door De Havilland Dash8-300 Goes Into Service



SAINT-LAURENT, QC, Feb. 9, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Inuit today announced the world’s first large freighter door Dash8-300 aircraft officially joined its fleet. Following more than 36 months of planning, design, retrofitting and safety testing, the custom-modified aircraft received its Supplemental Type Certificate from Transport Canada on February 3rd.


Equipping a Dash8-300 with a custom-built large freighter door is not only a world’s first, but also a practical way to improve the essential service Air Inuit provides every day. By eventually facilitating the use of palettes for moving food and other goods, loading and unloading times can be shortened while reducing the risk of damage to fragile cargo such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

This initiative was achieved thanks to the expert technical support of Rockwell Collins, and aligns with Air Inuit’s continuous pursuit of solutions to meet the needs of its customers and those of the northern region while working to improve its environmental footprint.

Innovation to meet unique challenges

A crucial part of Air Inuit’s mission serving 14 communities throughout Northern Quebec is the delivery of essential goods and oversized materials. In the absence of road access, Air Inuit provides a vital link ensuring cargo ranging from food to indispensable tools such as ATV’s and snowmobiles can be delivered reliably and affordably.

“The introduction of this innovative design to Air Inuit’s fleet is about more than the convenience and reliability the people of Nunavik have come to expect. It is about recognizing the specific challenges of the communities we serve, and finding an innovative new way to support the development of those communities. Hats off to our team and partners for achieving this.”
–Christian Busch, President & CEO, Air Inuit

Air Inuit selected the reliable, Canadian-made Dash8-300 because it represents the intersection between capacity and adaptability. Well-suited for locations that often have short gravel runways, the Dash8-300 has also proven itself in the challenging weather conditions of Nunavik. This one-of-a-kind addition helps Air Inuit fulfill its mission to serve and develop communities across Nunavik and beyond.

Helping the environment

The development of Air Inuit’s first large freighter door Dash8-300 was made possible in part thanks to an important contribution from the Quebec Government’s Fonds Vert. This support was crucial in advancing this innovation, which means using a more energy-efficient Dash8-300 in place of other aging cargo planes such as the HS-748, which used 30% more fuel and was retired several years ago from Air Inuit’s fleet.


Aircraft Model: Dash8-300
Max Weight: 43,000 lbs / 19,500 kg
Cruising Speed: 328 mph / 530 kmh
Range: 968 miles / 1,550 km
Large Freighter Door – Clear Opening: 108″ x 68″ / 274 cm x 173 cm

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KF Aerospace Leases a B737-800SF to Chrono Aviation


February 11, 2022

The aircraft was converted from passenger to cargo configuration at KF’s MRO in Kelowna, BC, Canada.


KF Aerospace is excited to announce the delivery of its B737-800SF to airline, Chrono Aviation. It marks KF’s first commercial lease of a B737-800 series freighter aircraft.


KF Aerospace purchased the aircraft in 2021 and performed a full Passenger to Freighter Conversion program at its MRO facility in Kelowna, BC. The conversion included the installation of an 11-ft wide hydraulic-powered cargo door kit supplied by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), complete with a new freight interior and cargo loading system.

It is the first B737-800 cargo door to be installed on a Canadian-registered aircraft using the AEI Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). KF Aerospace initiated the Transport Canada familiarization for this STC, as part of the project.

KF Aerospace Business Development Manager, Bryan Akerstream says it’s an exciting turnkey project for the KF team. “It showcases the multi-faceted capabilities and specialties within our organization, particularly as they relate to the successful completion of such a large and complex modification program,” he says.

“We are very excited with the performance of the KF team and are well positioned to provide B737-800 freighters to our customers for many years to come,” Akerstream says.

KF delivered the aircraft to the customer on Thursday, February 10, 2022.

Chrono Aviation is a Quebec-based charter airline providing passenger, cargo and combi services in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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KF Aerospace Leases a B737-400SF to Mesa Airlines

The aircraft received a cargo conversion, maintenance and modification program at KF’s MRO in Kelowna, BC, Canada.

March 1, 2022Kelowna—KF Aerospace is excited to announce the delivery of its converted B737-400SF to US-based air carrier, Mesa Airlines.


The aircraft received a complete maintenance program and Passenger to Freighter Conversion at the KF Aerospace MRO in Kelowna, BC. The conversion included the installation of an 11-ft wide hydraulic-powered cargo door kit supplied by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc., complete with a new freight interior and cargo loading system.

KF’s Engineering division played a critical role in coordinating a series of modifications required for the customer, which included the completion of a rigorous familiarization with the FAA for operation in the United States, requiring test flights at Moses Lake, Washington.

It is one of three KF-owned B737-400 series passenger aircraft to be converted and leased as cargo aircraft. The other two 400 series are currently providing cargo services in Iceland.

“We are pleased to be delivering another high quality and reliable freighter,” says Bryan Akerstream, Director of Business Development. “The B737-400 provides an economical solution for narrow-body cargo operators, and we see an ongoing demand for the aircraft.”

“KF Aerospace continues to expand its air cargo leasing division with aircraft including the B737-300, B737-400, B737-800, and in 2022 we will introduce our first ATR 72-500 conversion,” says Akerstream.

While on lease with Mesa Airlines, the B737-400 freighter will be based in Cincinnati to support their cargo operations.

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World's Largest Freighter Lessor Commits To 29 A330P2F Conversions


ATSG has inked a deal for 29 Airbus A330P2Fs, based on the larger -300 variant, which has caught the interest of several customers.

Photo: EFW/Airbus

ATSG, the world's largest midsize freighter provider, has signed a deal with EFW for 29 new A330-300 converted freighters. The move will see the lessor grow its fleet from 117 planes and become the first Airbus widebody to join.


In a statement today, EFW (Elbe Flugzeugwerke) announced a new order for 29 A330P2Fs (passenger to freighters). The deal came from Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), the biggest dedicated freight lessor in the world, based in Ohio.

The lessor will be taking up the larger Airbus A330-300P2F, which is based on the larger variant of the aircraft and different from the A330F previously in service. ATSG has seen high demand for this plane in recent years and has reportedly locked down airlines for half of the order


In a statement, ATSG CCO, Mike Berger, said,

"The A330-300 passenger-to-freighter conversion is a natural next step for ATSG as it is an excellent complement to the Boeing 767-300 medium wide-body freighter, which has long been the freighter of choice for the e-commerce air cargo market."

Step up

ATSG's fleet comprises 117 aircraft, including 61 767-300Fs, 32 -200Fs, four 757-200 combis, and more. While the lessor does have plans to add the A321P2F, the A330P2F will be the first time the group looks beyond Boeing for its airline needs. However, it does have a good reason for this.

As passenger A330-300s are retired globally, planes for conversion can be easily sourced and put into service. Notably, these jets are far newer than the 767, which is over three decades old, and provide full-capacity requirements that airlines are looking for amid increasing demand during the pandemic.

Conversions will occur between mid-2023 and 2027 at EFW's line in Dresden and ST Engineering's facility in China. However, EFW plans to add new facilities in the US and China, further boosting capacity. In a statement, EFW CEO Andreas Sperl said,

"To have a key market player like ATSG adopting the A330P2F programme with such a high commitment is a major milestone for us. This is a great sign of confidence in next-generation Airbus freighters and trust in EFW's competency as a centre of excellence for Airbus freighter conversions."

All about demand

Airbus has long lagged behind Boeing when it comes to freighter sales, with the 767 and 777F programs seeing runaway sales in the last few decades. However, the European giant has been pushing back in the last few years, launching the A350F program last year and pushing conversions for the A321 and A330.

Boeing isn't far behind either, releasing the 777X freighter to continue its dominance in the market and cornering the large aircraft freighter segment for years to come. ATSG's decision to order the A330 will be a big change for the firm and could signal Airbus growing in the space again.

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Boeing Books Another DHL 777 Freighter Order


DHL is building its fleet of Boeing 777 Freighters. On Tuesday, the logistics company agreed to purchase six more from Boeing.


Boeing's order book became a little thicker on Tuesday when logistics company DHL ordered another six 777 freighters to support the burgeoning demand for air freight. Boeing says its 777 is the best-selling freighter of all time, with customers from around the world having ordered more than 300 777 Freighters since the program began in 2005.

DHL builds its fleet of Boeing 777 freighters

DHL's enthusiasm for the twin-engine freighter dates back to 2018 when it ordered 14 of them with options for seven more at the Farnborough International Airshow. DHL was keen to start renewing part of its long-haul fleet with a best-in-class fuel-efficient freighter type that would help the company achieve its 2050 zero emissions target. DHL went on to exercise the options.


"The 777 Freighter is an airplane perfectly suited to DHL's needs, offering an outstanding payload capability, with incredible range to service its extensive intercontinental network and unmatched reliability," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister at the time


Ever-increasing global air freight demand keeps DHL coming back

Four years ago, global air freight demand was growing by nearly 10% annually with demand growth outpacing capacity growth by a factor of three. DHL's interest in the 777 Freighters was a direct answer to the growing demand for global express capacity. Fast-forward four years and air freight demand is higher than ever and capacity even more constrained.

"With the order of six new, large widebody freighter aircraft, we continue to invest in our future and further enhance the capability and reach of our global air network," says Geoff Kehr, Senior Vice President of Global Air Fleet Management at DHL Express."The Boeing 777 freighter is the most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class and will connect DHL's global hubs in Cincinnati, Leipzig and Hong Kong as well as serving other key markets."

Competition intensifies in the freighter market

DHL's first 777 freighter landed in September 2019. Since then, 20 have gone to the global logistic giant, the most recent in February this year. Eight of those freighters are operated by AeroLogic, six are operated by Atlas Air, and Kalitta Air flies five of them for DHL. The company has more than 200 aircraft in operation worldwide.

"DHL Express' continued confidence in the 777 Freighter is testament to the airplane's outstanding capabilities in supporting global cargo demand," said a Boeing spokesperson on Tuesday.

Last December, DHL ordered nine converted Boeing 767-300 freighters. The company has already received seven examples of the 767-300BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) from an initial eight-plane order. The ever-increasing demand for air freight capacity is driving DHL's expansion of its twin-engine freight fleet.

While Boeing is today touting the 777 order, DHL's overall lean towards Boeing for its air freight aircraft will be making the US-based aircraft builder pretty happy. But Boeing's longstanding dominance in the air freighter field is seeing some challenges. At the big end of the market, Airbus recently committed to building an A350 freighter. Even more recently and towards the smaller end of the market, Embraer this week announced its intentions to provide conversions of its E-Jets for cargo operations. The freighter market is booming and Boeing's competitors want a bigger slice of the pie

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Air Canada Inaugurates Enhanced Cold Chain Handling Facility at its Toronto Pearson Cargo Hub


16 March 2022Canadian Aviation News
$16-million investment is part of Air Canada Cargo’s expansion strategy
MONTREAL, March 16, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced the inauguration of Air Canada Cargo’s new cold chain handling facility at its Toronto Pearson International Airport cargo facility. The $16-million project was undertaken to expand and enhance Air Canada Cargo’s cold chain handling capabilities for shipments such as pharmaceuticals, fresh food and other perishables.

“This is an exciting day for Air Canada Cargo as we take another step forward in our evolution. The enhanced temperature-controlled facility is the only one of its kind for a Canadian airline and positions Air Canada Cargo to continue successfully growing our business, including the launch of our dedicated freighter aircraft. This investment, and the others that are to follow, will allow us to better serve our customers and I am very excited for what the future holds for Air Canada Cargo,” said Jason Berry, Vice President, Cargo, at Air Canada.

The upgraded facility will feature over 30,000 square feet of temperature-controlled areas and an expanded cooler to fully meet the requirements of cold chain shipments, such as pharmaceuticals, fresh food and other perishables. These enhancements are the first step in a multi-year investment plan for the facility and are part of several planned infrastructure investment projects for Air Canada Cargo.

To contribute to Air Canada’s long-term net zero emissions goal, the renovations included the installation of energy efficient equipment such as temperature controllers that will constantly monitor the conditions inside the facility and only regulate the temperature as needed, resulting in reduced energy consumption. As well, rapid roll-up doors have been installed to minimize the energy loss when the cooler is accessed to store or retrieve goods. LED lighting has been installed throughout the facility, further reducing energy consumption.

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Buffalo buys its first jet, a 737, to meet next-day demand

Published: March 28, 2022 at 6:33amOLLIE WILLIAMS

A rendering of how Buffalo Airways' first jet airliner, a 737, is expected to look once repainted. Image: Mikey McBryan

Buffalo Airways has acquired a Boeing 737, the NWT-based airline’s first jet aircraft, to meet customer demand for next-day freight delivery.

The 737-300SF is in Bournemouth, England receiving checks and new parts before arriving in the Northwest Territories for final upgrades specific to Canadian flight regulations.


For Buffalo, famed for continuing to operate World War Two-era DC-3 aircraft, the move into jet aviation is a significant step.

“It’s not clickbait. It’s not April fool’s,” Buffalo’s Mikey McBryan told viewers of the airline’s YouTube channel in a video shared on Friday last week.

The airliner is expected to be operational in the Northwest Territories by the late summer of 2022 The airliner is expected to be operational in the Northwest Territories by the late summer of 2022. Image: Mikey McBryan The 737 as it currently looks, awaiting checks and new parts in a Bournemouth, England hangar The 737 as it currently looks, awaiting checks and new parts in a Bournemouth, England hangar. Photo: Buffalo Airways

Speaking to Cabin Radio on Sunday, McBryan said the 737 was necessary because existing freight connections into the NWT cannot keep up with next-day demand. The new aircraft should, he said, mean that “anything Yellowknifers need next day, we’re hoping to get.”

At the moment, freight carried by Buffalo mostly arrives in the Northwest Territories by truck. Cargo is then loaded onto the airline’s DC-3 and C-46 aircraft, some of them approaching 80 years old, for onward travel to the territory’s smaller communities.

The 737 will replace much of Buffalo’s reliance on trucks to get freight into its network.


“We’re maxed out almost every single day with next-day freight,” said McBryan, whose company holds the NWT contracts for FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

“We’re at the point now where we have enough freight that we can fly the 737 direct from Edmonton to Yellowknife, every night.”

The airline’s freight division, Buffalo Air Express, is “a lot bigger than most people realize,” McBryan said.

“We handle almost all of Alberta. We truck it to Hay River then fly it in the morning with the C-46. This is the first big step, where we’ve got enough freight that we can go directly out of Edmonton.

“Right now, a service like Amazon Prime couldn’t really exist in Yellowknife next-day. A service like Amazon Prime needs lots of room and guaranteed space, and other major companies are going that way.

“It takes three to four days, sometimes, to get a truck out of Edmonton to Yellowknife, especially if you don’t have a full truck. Our new system is going to be able to do the equivalent of two 53-foot trailers per night, including backhaul.”

No gravel airstrips

The company has been working on a striking green-and-white Buffalo livery for the new aircraft, which is set to arrive in Yellowknife for the first time within the next three months.

The 737 in question is reported to have been manufactured in 1986 and converted from a passenger jet to a cargo airliner in 2006, operating first for a Belgian company before being leased to Spanish firm SwiftAir.

Compared to Buffalo’s existing aircraft, the 737 is rated for around 10,000 lbs more cargo (a total of some 43,000 lbs) per flight. McBryan says that comes with “anywhere from 20 to 30 percent better fuel efficiency.”

However, it won’t be able to land on gravel airstrips, ruling out the vast majority of northern runways.

Smaller communities will continue to be served by the existing, decades-old Buffalo aircraft, suggesting the company’s move into jet aviation does not yet end the era of the DC-3.

“The DC-3, the C-46 and even our Lockheed Electras will continue to service the communities,” McBryan confirmed. “Modern airplanes can’t handle the runways of the North.”

The 737 could be operational by the late summer of 2022, McBryan said, depending on the various approvals the airline must first receive.

“It takes mountains and mountains of paperwork,” he said.

That hasn’t stopped more than 40 people seeking to fly the plane. As of Sunday evening, a LinkedIn job posting to become Buffalo’s first 737 pilot had attracted 42 applicants.

“Interestingly enough, a pilot that escaped Ukraine sent me a message,” said McBryan, referring to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“He left with his licence and a bag of clothes and he’s working his way to Canada. He’s interested. It’s great.

“It’s a lot easier to find 737 pilots than it is to find DC-3 pilots, that’s for sure.”


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$16 million settlements in Canadian air cargo class action approved for distribution

TORONTO, March 28, 2022 /CNW/ — Today, Siskinds of London, Ontario, Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman of Vancouver, BC and Liebman Légal Inc. of Montreal, Quebec announced court approval of a protocol for the second distribution of settlement funds in the Canadian Air Cargo price-fixing class action. The class action relates to an alleged global conspiracy to fix prices of airfreight shipping services.  

Settlements totalling $16 million have been reached with British Airways and Air Canada. This brings total settlements reached in this action to over $45 million. The settled defendants do not admit any wrongdoing or liability. The Ontario, British Columbia and Québec courts approved the settlements and a protocol for distributing the second round of settlement funds.  Settlements totalling $29.6 million were previously distributed. The action is now resolved in its entirety.

“This litigation raised complex factual and legal issues. As part of this litigation, the Ontario Court of Appeal held that the Ontario court has jurisdiction to certify an international class.  Leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada was denied. This was an important ruling that paves the way for other international classes in appropriate circumstances,” said Linda Visser of Siskinds. 

“Price-fixing conspiracies result in businesses and consumers paying artificially inflated prices for goods and services. Class actions help to return those inflated prices to victims of such conspiracies,” said David Jones of Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman. 

Persons who purchased airfreight shipping services to or from Canada (excluding shipments to or from the United States) between January 2000 and September 2006 are eligible to claim settlement benefits.  Claims can be filed online at www.aircargosettlement2.com on or before July 4, 2022.  

More information can be found online at www.aircargosettlement2.com or by calling the claims administrator at 1-888-291-9655 in Canada or the United States, or 1-614-553-1296 internationally. 

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WebCargo’s digital booking platform to offer Air Canada Cargo capacity

Canada’s largest air cargo provider doubles down on commitment to innovation and technology via Digital Air Cargo real-time pricing and eBooking for thousands of forwarders on WebCargo.


March 28, 2022 BARCELONA – Throughout the pandemic, Canada has been one of the countries hit the hardest by supply chain shortage. Forwarders and carriers have risen to the challenge but an ongoing drive to improve has made Digital Air Cargo solutions an obvious choice for forward-thinking airlines like Air Canada Cargo, and in particular its Cargo division, with the many investments and digitization projects that it continues to implement.

Over the next few weeks, Air Canada Cargo will continue to improve global air cargo for freight forwarders around the world by offering real-time pricing, capacity visibility and booking for the 10,000+ forwarder offices using WebCargo for digital cargo booking.

Air Canada Cargo’s many destinations include major cities across North America and Europe, already connected through WebCargo’s platform and 7LFreight, a rate management company recently acquired by Freightos. With this, WebCargo is perfectly placed to serve Air Canada Cargo’s target markets.

“It’s become increasingly clear throughout the pandemic and resulting supply chain challenges that digitalization is the key to the success of air cargo,” said Matthieu Casey, Senior Director, Cargo Global Sales and Revenue Optimization at Air Canada Cargo. “As one of the largest North American airlines, we pride ourselves on staying ahead of the curve, and embracing technological solutions that will provide value to our customers and add efficiencies to our company.”

“We’ve seen demand for Digital Air Cargo skyrocket, with eBookings on the WebCargo platform increasing 10X in 2021 alone,” said Manel Galindo, CEO of WebCargo. “This adoption has been in large part thanks to the cooperation of tech-forward airlines like Air Cargo Canada who see the inherent value and need in digital air cargo solutions. We’re excited to launch our partnership and enable more forwarders to start booking online.”

About WebCargo, a Freightos Group Company

WebCargo® is the most advanced digitization platform for logistics service providers.

WebCargo Air is the leading platform for live air cargo rate distribution and bookings between hundreds of airlines and 2,000+ forwarders. Partners using fully digital eBooking and rate distribution on WebCargo include over 30 airlines, including American Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Etihad Cargo, Air France KLM, IAG Cargo, SAS, Qatar Airways, El Al, and AirBridgeCargo. Freight forwarders can access dynamic capacity, pricing, and eBooking by signing up for free at webcargo.co.

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Cargojet announces long-term strategic agreement with DHL to provide global air-transportation services


DHL to utilize Cargojet’s entire portfolio of services to support its growth

DHL to receive warrants, with vesting tied to achievement of commercial milestones up to C$2.3 billion in business volume over 7 years

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 29, 2022 /CNW/ – March 29, 2022 – Cargojet Inc. (“Cargojet“) (TSX: CJT) announced today that it has entered into a new long-term strategic agreement (the “Agreement“) with DHL Network Operations (USA) Inc. (“DHL“), an affiliate of Deutsche Post DHL Group (the “Group“) (XETRA: DPW.DE), for a term of five years with a renewal option for an additional two years, to provide air-transportation services for DHL’s global network.

The Agreement is expected to be meaningfully accretive to Cargojet’s earnings and cash flows over time and help Cargojet further diversify its portfolio of services in line with its previously announced strategic goal of achieving a balanced portfolio.

Under the Agreement, Cargojet will provide ACMI, CMI, charter, and aircraft dry lease services to DHL to support DHL’s international requirements for Europe and North, South, Central and Latin America, as well as Asia. Cargojet utilizes 12 freighters to service DHL’s current requirements.  DHL intends to add 5 additional B-767 freighters during the 2022-23 timeframe to fulfill DHL’s anticipated network requirements. Additionally, DHL intends to be Cargojet’s inaugural launch customer for the state-of-the-art B-777 wide body long-range cargo aircraft, which are expected to be deployed in late 2023 or early 2024.

“Earning the trust and confidence of Deutsche Post DHL Group is a remarkable milestone in Cargojet’s journey. We are even more excited about the opportunity to add value and earn the right to be a long-term strategic partner each and every day.” said Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ajay Virmani. “This strategic partnership is a real tribute to our people who have worked extremely hard all through the pandemic while maintaining the industry best on-time performance and flexibility that has allowed us to earn this business”.

Cargojet’s international and ACMI growth will be led and managed by its international team of specialists while Cargojet’s current core team will continue to focus on delivering excellence within its existing and growing domestic network. As the Cargojet fleet grows and it benefits from the scale of operation, Cargojet remains committed to providing cost effective, flexible and competitive air-cargo services to all customers.

“DHL’s international aviation network is a true competitive differentiator and an enabler of growth for our customers. Cargojet’s “customer first” culture has added flexibility and resilience to our network,” said Travis Cobb, EVP, Global Network Operations & Aviation, DHL Express. “A longer-term strategic alignment with Cargojet will bring additional capacity and allow us to continue delivering the highest levels of service quality to the market.”

“Cargojet is an important aviation partner of DHL in North America and we see this expansion of our relationship further strengthening intra-regional and intercontinental links to and from this region,” said Mike Parra, CEO, DHL Express Americas. “Its versatile cargo fleet and high on-time reliability positions us well to further capitalize on the dynamically growing e-commerce market, in particular. This step builds on the significant investments we have made in DHL’s aviation capacity and capabilities over the last two years in the Americas.”

In addition, to align interests and strengthen the long-term strategic relationship, Cargojet will issue to DHL warrants to acquire up to 9.5 percent of Cargojet’s outstanding voting shares (on a non-diluted basis as of the date hereof) at a price of C$158.92 per share (based on the 20-day volume weighted average trading price immediately prior to the date hereof) over a period of seven years, with vesting tied to the delivery by DHL of up to C$2.3 billion1 in business volume during the same term.

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Air Canada To Launch Transatlantic Freighter Routes

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The carrier plans to have eight converted Boeing 767 freighters in its fleet by next year.

newsarticle-297845-scaled-580x0.jpg A second Boeing 767-300ER converted freighter is joining Air Canada’s fleet.

By Aaron Karp • 4 April 2022

Air Canada will commence all-cargo transatlantic flights in May, connecting Toronto (YYZ) to four European cities.

The new cargo routes are made possible by the delivery of the carrier’s second Boeing 767-300ER converted freighter. The airline’s first converted 767 freighter was delivered by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in December, and Air Canada has used that aircraft to operate cargo flights to Latin America.

“The entry into service of our second freighter is yet another exciting milestone in the growth of our freighter network and provides more options and services to the cargo community,” MD commercial-cargo Matthieu Casey said in a statement.

Starting in May, Air Canada will launch 767-300ER freighter service from YYZ to Cologne (CGN), Frankfurt (FRA), Istanbul (IST) and Madrid (MAD). The routes to CGN and IST will be operated 1X-weekly, while the YYZ-FRA route will be flown 2X-weekly and the YYZ-MAD service will be operated 3X-weekly.

Air Canada will also launch two domestic all-cargo routes from YYZ: 5X-weekly service to Halifax (YHZ) from April 19 and 6X-weekly flights to St. John’s (YYT) from May 1.

The Canadian flag-carrier entered the permanent freighter business by sourcing eight 767-300ERs from its passenger fleet and contracting with IAI to convert the aircraft into freighters. The first of the converted freighters joined the airline’s fleet in December. Three more will come in the 2022 third quarter and the final three will be delivered in 2023. 

YYZ serves as the hub for Air Canada’s new freighter fleet. The carrier has said it is operating all-cargo flights from YYZ to Guadalajara (GDL) and Mexico City (MEX) in Mexico; Lima (LIM) in Peru; and Quito (UIO) in Ecuador.  

Air Canada VP of cargo Jason Berry told Routes when the first converted freighter was delivered that the airline is fully committed to maintaining a dedicated freighter fleet for the long term. “This is not a fly-by-night charter or ad hoc operation,” Berry said. “It really is about stability and growth for our cargo business.” 

Berry said the freighter fleet will differentiate Air Canada from other major North American airlines that do not have dedicated all-cargo flights. “We’ll be the only [passenger/cargo] combination carrier with a widebody freighter fleet that has a hub in North America,” he noted.

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WestJet Cargo’s first Boeing 737-800 Converted Freighter lands in Calgary

Aircraft on lease from BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM)

WestJet Cargo, B737-800BCF arrives in Calgary. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

CALGARY, AB, April 8, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet Cargo, today welcomed the arrival of its first of four Boeing Converted Freighter (B737-800BCF) aircraft on lease from BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM). WestJet Cargo is the first operator in Canada to operate the B737-800BCF which will be used for express cargo and e-commerce freight.   

WestJet Cargo, B737-800BCF arrives in Calgary. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“The delivery of our first freighter to our home base in Calgary, Alberta gives us great confidence in the growth and development of our commercial cargo service and I am eager to see our new dedicated commercial cargo service take flight as we begin providing competitive services to cargo customers across Canada,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet CEO.

Prior to its delivery to WestJet Cargo in Calgary, the first aircraft (msn 34686) completed conversion by Boeing at an approved MRO facility in Guangzhou, China. WestJet Cargo plans to have all four BCFs in service by the end of 2022. 

WestJet Cargo, B737-800BCF arrives in Calgary. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“BBAM is excited to partner with our long-time customer WestJet as they launch WestJet Cargo. This is our first North American placement of the Boeing 737-800BCF, an important milestone for BBAM’s industry-leading freighter program.” said Steve Zissis, President and CEO of BBAM.

Leveraging its quick to load and fly narrow body aircraft, the 737-800 equipped with CFM56-7B engines enables WestJet Cargo to offer greater fuel efficiency, flexibility and frequency for its customers. WestJet Cargo routes and scheduled services will accommodate the diverse needs of cargo customers using WestJet’s existing network and highly skilled 737 pilots.

“WestJet Cargo’s mission is to provide our customers with the reliable on-time performance and competitive cost advantage synonymous with the WestJet brand and I look forward to our continued partnership with BBAM, as we witness our dedicated freighters provide our customers increased reliability, flexibility and capacity to transport their diverse shipments to their chosen destination,” continued von Hoensbroech.

WestJet announced its new dedicated cargo service, using 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF), to fulfill the larger-scale needs of Canadian businesses, freight forwarders, shippers and individual customers in June 2021.

As WestJet Cargo continues to grow, so too will its team, network and flight plans. To learn more about how WestJet Cargo can fulfill shipping needs, or to discover incredible employment opportunities, visit WestJet Cargo

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Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo Inaugurate Freighter Service Into Halifax Français


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Apr 20, 2022, 09:04 ET

Editor's Note: Some video b-roll of a Boeing 767-300ER freighter is available for download and use here.

MONTREAL, April 20, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo today operated the first dedicated freighter flight into Halifax Stanfield International Airport using the second Boeing 767-300ER to enter service. The addition of this aircraft will allow Air Canada Cargo to start high frequency, direct freighter capacity from Halifax to Air Canada Cargo's global network, including service to Frankfurt, Cologne, Istanbul, and Madrid, starting in May.

Air Canada's Boeing 767-300ER freighter receives a water cannon salute on its first arrival into Halifax on April 20, 2022 (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada's Boeing 767-300ER freighter receives a water cannon salute on its first arrival into Halifax on April 20, 2022 (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Today's flight from Toronto arrived in Halifax with freight coming from around Air Canada's global network and destined for Atlantic Canada. It will be loaded up with fresh lobster, fish, aerospace parts, and pharmaceuticals for its journey back to Toronto, from where those goods will be shipped to their final destinations around the globe.

"We have always enjoyed a long-standing and strong bond with Atlantic Canada and the Nova Scotia community, and we are thrilled to introduce direct freighter capacity to the market. Atlantic Canada's economy has experienced important growth in the last few years, with increased demand from North America, Europe, and beyond. Nova Scotia is a key element of our growth strategy and Halifax being one of our first Canadian markets with the freighters further emphasizes the importance we place on our partnerships in the community. We are pleased to increase our support to the robust and growing trade sector in the region," said Jason Berry, Vice President, Cargo at Air Canada.

"Having stronger air links opens the door for more trade and investment in our province. It means we can build on the already strong relationship with our trading partners and create new ones," said Premier Tim Houston. "This is an important step forward for many of our businesses who will benefit from this exciting growth of Air Canada's freighter network."

"This exciting Air Canada Cargo expansion will increase capacity at Halifax Stanfield, providing Nova Scotia businesses and industries with more opportunities to ship their products efficiently by air," said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. "We are thrilled with Air Canada's continued investment in Halifax and look forward to their future growth to meet the needs of communities across the region."

The new service to Halifax complements Air Canada Cargo's regular freighter service to Latin American cities.

Atlantic Canada Schedule from Toronto

  • To Halifax: Five flights per week starting today

European Schedule from Toronto Starting in May

  • To Frankfurt: Two flights per week
  • To Cologne: One flight per week
  • To Istanbul: One flight per week
  • To Madrid: Three flights per week

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Man dies after Cargojet crew van crashes at Hamilton airport

Sat Apr 23, 2022 - The Canadian Press

Hamilton police say a 52-year-old man has died after a crew van crashed at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.

In a statement, the airport says a Cargojet crew van, which had five Cargojet employees on board, was involved in a single-vehicle collision just after 2:15 a.m. on Saturday.

Staff Sgt. John Pauls with the Hamilton Police Service says the five people were all sent to hospital after the incident.

Pauls says a 52-year-old man, who was driving the van, was pronounced dead a short time later, while the four passengers suffered minor injuries.

He says an investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

Police say operations at the airport have not been affected by the collision investigation.

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Air Canada buys two B767-300Fs as revenues climb

26 / 04 / 2022

By Rebecca Jeffrey


Boeing 767F. Photo: Air Canada

Air Canada has purchased two new Boeing 767-300F freighters that are due to be delivered this year.

The two factory-built freighters will be in addition to the eight Boeing 767-300s that are being converted for Air Canada Cargo operations. Earlier this month, Air Canada Cargo added its second B767-300ER freighter conversion.

Air Canada Cargo’ first quarter 2022 revenue is up 42% to $398m from the first quarter of 2021.

Jason Berry, vice president, Cargo, at Air Canada, said: “Since their entry into service, our Boeing 767-300BDSF freighters have proven their value to Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo. Today’s announcement is a further signal of our long-term commitment to freighters as we continue to adapt and grow at Air Canada Cargo.

“These additional factory-built 767-300F aircraft will allow Air Canada Cargo to speed up the expansion of its freighter fleet, helping provide reliable, dedicated service to key cargo routes around the world, further bolstering the capacity provided by Air Canada’s mainline fleet.”

The Boeing 767-300 freighters allow Air Canada Cargo to offer five different main deck configurations, increasing the overall cargo capacity of each aircraft to nearly 58 tonnes or 438 cu m, with approximately 75% of this capacity on the main deck.

The addition of freighter aircraft to Air Canada’s fleet allows Air Canada Cargo to provide consistent capacity on key air cargo routes, which will facilitate the movement of goods globally.

Freighters also increase Air Canada Cargo’s capability to transport goods such as automotive and aerospace parts, oil and gas equipment, pharmaceuticals, perishables, as well as handling the growing demand for fast, reliable shipment of e-commerce goods.

Air Canada saw operating revenues of C$2.6bn for the first quarter of 2022, “about three-and-a-half times (the) first quarter 2021 operating revenues”.

Its operating capacity in the first quarter, measured by Available Seat Miles (ASMs) also increased about 3.4 times from the first quarter of 2021.

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Determination No. A-2022-45

April 27, 2022

APPLICATION by Hover.Direct Inc. (applicant) pursuant to section 61 of the Canada Transportation Act, SC 1996, c 10 (CTA).

Case number: 

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

The application is for the commercial operation of an air service using drones for the carriage of cargo.

Pursuant to subparagraph 61(a)(ii) of the CTA, the applicant must hold a Canadian aviation document (CAD) in respect of the service to be provided under the licence.

In the instance of drone operations, there is no single CAD equivalent to an air operator certificate. The applicant holds a CAD in the form of a Pilot Certificate.

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

The licensee is reminded that, pursuant to section 57 of the CTA, it shall not operate an air service unless, in respect of that service, it holds a CAD. It is the licensee's responsibility to ensure that it continues to hold the appropriate CAD, which may be in the form of drone Pilot Certificates, Drone registrations, Special Flight Operations Certificates or any other document required pursuant to the Aeronautics Act, RSC 1985, c A-2.

Accordingly, the Agency issues the licence.



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