Polar spokesperson Alan Caminiti confirmed that the airline will retire four 747-200Fs, a dash 100F and a dash 300F by July 1, reducing its fleet of 11 freighters to five dash 400Fs that be joined by a sixth from Atlas Air's fleet. The smaller fleet and retirement of older aircraft requiring three-person crews means that Polar will furlough a to-be-determined number of pilots later this year, Caminiti said. The furloughs come as AAWH moves toward consolidating the pilot workforces of Atlas and Polar into one unit, a plan long favored by the company that was delayed by last fall's brief strike by Polar pilots and its aftermath. AAWH, the largest operator of 747Fs in the world with 41, could replace the retired planes with conversions; it has reserved up to 10 747 passenger-to-freighter conversion slots with Israel Aircraft Industries in 2007-11 but has not determined whether it will use them. Caminiti also revealed that AAWH, which now exclusively operates 747Fs, is "open to a lot of aircraft types" and may add other types in coming years. May 4, 2006
Emerald Airways, a small British freight carrier which also flies scheduled service from Liverpool in conjunction with Euromanx, has had its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) suspended by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Whilst nobody is giving details it is thought that the CAA were concerned with the training aspects of the company following several incidents. The Emerald contracts include the Royal Mail, their flights disrupted, but the service between Liverpool and Isle of Man has not been affected with Euromanx solely operating the route. Our picture shows an elderly Emerald Airways AVRO 748 betting airborne. http://www.emerald-airways.co.uk May 7, 2006
Emirates SkyCargo announced the appointment of Scand Air Cargo as its cargo sales agent in Sao Paulo. May 2, 2006
Etihad Crystal Cargo
Etihad Crystal Cargo, the carrier's cargo division, appointed GSA Cargo Ltd. to provide cargo sales and customer service in Bangladesh for four weekly Abu Dhabi-Dhaka flights scheduled to begin May 4 aboard A330-200s. May 2, 2006
FedEx Express unveiled an expansion plan for its Indianapolis hub yesterday that includes construction of up to 14 widebody gates. The project will boost its processing capacity at the airport by 30% to...