The week in brief
Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. launched a conversion program for the B737-800SF (Special Freighter).
The operation, undertaken on behalf of Riyadh Zoological Garden, used a B747 aircraft to carry the animals, which included giraffes, hartebeests and impalas.
The Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) welcomes the provisional agreement reached between the European Parliament, European Union Council and European Commission on the place of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Under the compromise agreed by the EU’s institutions, flights to and from EU airports will be excluded from the ETS until 2016. But the European Parliament Environment Committee rejected this provisional agreement. GACAG regrets this decision and calls on the European Parliament, in its upcoming vote on the measure, to approve the compromise.
AMI, a trade-only airfreight and express wholesaler, opened two new offices in Darwin, Australia, and Christchurch, New Zealand.
In the next step to co-locate operations across the combined network, American Airlines Cargo joined US Airways Cargo’s operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This is the second of 155 across American’s combined network. More co-locations are expected in June.
Boeing and Air Canada finalized an order for 61 737 MAX airplanes.
Turkish Cargo is expanding its African freighter services with the introduction of a new weekly service to Tunis, Tunisia, beginning April 5. This marks Turkish Cargo’s 11th dedicated freighter service to Africa.