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Are the days numbered for Martinair?

Martinair‘s (Amsterdam) days could be number. The cargo subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group could be sold to a third party and even shut down i.e. “internal restructuring”. The cargo divisions of the Air France-KLM Group continue to bring down the group financially. As part of its first half financial report, the Group issued this statement concerning the cargo divisions, including Martinair:

Second Quarter 2014 cargo revenues amounted to 669 million euros, down 5.1% and by 1.9% on a constant currency basis. Faced with a slower than expected recovery, the group continued to reduce full-freighter capacity (down 8.6%). In consequence, total capacity decreased by 2.0%. Traffic decreased by 1.6%, leading to a 0.3 point increase in load factor to 63.2%. Unit revenue per Available Ton Kilometer (RATK) increased by 1.1% on a constant currency basis (-2.1% on a reported basis).

The operating result improved slightly to -45 million euro, up 5 million euros.

The recovery in demand being slower than expected, the group has initiated a strategic review of its full-freighter business, with different scenarios under consideration. Having already decided in October 2013 to reduce its full-freighter fleet to 2 aircraft in Paris and 8 aircraft in Amsterdam by 2015, the group is now looking to further reduce its Amsterdam-based full-freighter exposure either through a partnership with a third party or through internal restructuring. In consequence, the group has recorded an impairment of 106 million euros in its Second Quarter 2014 accounts.

First Half 2014 cargo revenues amounted to 1,344 million euros, down 4.3% and by 1.6% on a constant currency basis. Traffic was stable for a -1.5% decline in capacity, leading to a 1.0 point increase in load factor to 64.0%. Unit revenue per Available Ton Kilometer (RATK) was stable on a constant currency basis (down 2.7% on a reported basis).

On a constant currency basis, cargo unit cost was down 1.7% in the First Half (down 3.9% on a reported basis). The operating result improved by 21 million euros to -79 million euros.

Will Martinair be sold or disbanded? It is unlikely to remain as it is today.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (F) PH-MCY (msn 48445) taxies at the Amsterdam base.

Martinair: AG Slide Show

Lufthansa Cargo shows you where their aircraft are in real time

Lufthansa Cargo (formerly German Cargo) (Frankfurt) on its website has introduced a new tracking service using FlightRadar 24 that shows you in real time where each of their aircraft and flights are located.

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas MD-11F D-ALCR (msn 48581) is pictured at the Frankfurt cargo hub.

Lufthansa Cargo: AG Slide Show

Centurion Cargo to retire its McDonnell Douglas MD-11F freighter fleet

Centurion Cargo (Miami) and Sky Lease Cargo (Miami) (both owned by Alfonso Conrado Rey) will retire its nine McDonnell Douglas MD-11F freighters over the next two to three years according to a report by Cargo Facts. The two carriers are adding larger Boeing 747-400F freighters.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Centurion Cargo’s McDonnell Douglas MD-11F N985AR (msn 48430) taxies at a snowy Amsterdam, its European terminus.

Centurion Cargo: AG Slide Show

Sky Lease Cargo: AG Slide Show

Centurion Cargo Route Map:

Centurion Cargo 4:2014 Route Map

World Airways operates its last flight

World Airways‘ (Atlanta) CEO John Graber informed staff today (March 27) the company would cease operations immediately. In addition, North American Airlines (New York) will see a reduction in flying. World operated its last flight yesterday (March 26). The company was not able to obtain further funding to keep it flying.

World Airways issued this statement:

“Today (March 27) World Airways announced that the company operated its last flight on Wednesday, March 26. World Airways was founded in 1948 and operated cargo and passenger charter flights using Boeing 747-400 and McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft. The U.S. Military was their primary customer.

Global Aviation Holdings and many of its subsidiaries, including World Airways, began restructuring on November 12, 2013. World Airways has been in the marketplace for some months seeking funding to help it restructure in chapter 11 bankruptcy, and has been unable to secure that financing. Tuesday, World Airways’ first lien holder declared World in default on its loan and stopped providing the airline funding. World Airways has started the process of winding down its operations. Today the company laid-off 325 employees, including 109 pilots and 146 flight attendants.

Eric Bergesen, World Airways’ Chief Operating Officer, said, “The battle to save World has been difficult. A lot of people have worked hard to try to save our airline. Despite this regrettable outcome, I sincerely thank each of our employees for their dedication and continued support as we attempted to build a future for the company.”

North American Airlines will continue operations with plans to emerge from bankruptcy in the near future. North American was founded in 1989 and operates passenger charter flights using Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.”

World Airways has been a long time operator going back to May 1948.

Previously on November 12, 2013, parent Global Aviation Holdings and its subsidiaries, including its two operating airlines World Airways and North American Airlines, filed voluntary petitions again for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for Delaware. During the reorganization, Global Aviation Holdings announced it intended to continue to operate.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. It has been stormy skies for World Airways lately. McDonnell Douglas MD-11F N382WA (msn 48411) arrives at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

World Airways Slide Show (aircraft through the years): AG Slide Show

Video: The many exploits of World Airways through the years:

FedEx Express makes a historic Panda delivery to the Toronto Zoo

FedEx Express MD-11F N585FE (94-Panda)(Nose) YYZ (FedEx)(LRW)

FedEx Express (Memphis) has safely delivered two giant pandas from China to the Toronto Zoo following months of preparations and public anticipation.

The giant pandas, breeding pair Er Shun (female) and Da Mao (male), made the journey from Chengdu, China, to the FedEx Express Canadian Hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport, aboard a specially branded MD-11 aircraft donated by FedEx.

The pandas arrived at 10:47 a.m. EDT (March 25) after an 18 hour flight. FedEx Express, the Toronto Zoo, and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding collaborated extensively to ensure all necessary precautions were taken to provide a safe and comfortable flight for the pandas. Animal care experts were granted special flight privileges to accompany the pandas onboard the aircraft.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was airside to officially sign for Canada’s receipt of the giant pandas on a FedEx PowerPad handed to him by Lisa Lisson, president of FedEx Express Canada.

“Today is significant for Canadians as it marks an important symbol of trade and diplomacy between our country and China. As the world’s global transportation leader, FedEx understands first-hand the opportunity and potential that comes with strengthened relationships and improved global connectivity—all of which is wrapped into the symbolism of today’s delivery,” said Lisa Lisson, president, FedEx Express Canada. “As excited as we are about facilitating this exchange between Canada and China, I can attest that all our 6,000-strong team of employees, from coast-to-coast, are as eagerly excited about the prospects of a giant panda cub being born on Canadian soil.”

Following the arrival of FedEx Panda Express, Er Shun and Da Mao were transported by two FedEx Express trucks to Toronto Zoo where they will begin a five-year stay before transferring to Calgary. The specially-branded FedEx Express trucks will stay in service throughout the giant pandas’ stay in Toronto, delivering 600 to 900 kilograms of fresh bamboo supplies two-to-three times a week, courtesy of the Memphis Zoo.

As announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on February 11, 2012, the cooperative conservation agreement with China marked the first time in more than twenty years that a giant panda has been loaned to a Canadian zoo. The agreement also marked the first time the Chinese government has granted a ten-year loan of breeding giant pandas to any international zoo in the world.

Following a brief but mandatory quarantine, the giant pandas will be on view to the public at a newly-constructed, state-of-the-art giant panda exhibit at the Toronto Zoo sometime in mid-May (exact date to determined). The program will allow the Toronto Zoo to contribute to ongoing international efforts to protect and increase the population of the endangered giant pandas through investments in research and conservation efforts. Currently, conservationists estimate that there are just over 2,000 giant pandas left in the wild.

“We are honoured to have giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, arrive at the Toronto Zoo and look forward to the opportunity of contributing to the survival of this beautiful species for generations to come,” said John Tracogna, CEO, Toronto Zoo. “The Toronto Zoo is thrilled to join the small group of countries and highly respected zoo organizations outside of China that have the conservation and research programs, professional expertise, and facilities to provide excellent care for a breeding pair of pandas.”

FedEx Express has successfully transported a number of giant panda pairs, underscoring the company’s commitment to safely and securely transporting even the world’s most precious cargo:

  • China to Paris, France (2012)
  • China to Edinburgh, Scotland (2011)
  • Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, USA, to China (2010)
  • China to Memphis, USA (2003)
  • China to Washington, D.C., USA (2000)

Copyright Photo: FedEx Express. McDonnell Douglas MD-11F N585FE (msn 48481) had the honor for this historic Panda flight. N585FE touches down at Toronto (Pearson) with the special Panda markings.

FedEx Express: AG Slide Show

Lufthansa Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD-11F D-ALCQ crashes at Riyadh

Lufthansa Cargo’s (Frankfurt) McDonnell Douglas MD-11F D-ALCQ (msn 48431) crashed on landing at Riyadh today (July 27). The freighter caught on fire as it was landing, crashed and split into two sections. The pilot and the first officer were slightly injured and were taken to the hospital.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. D-ALCQ arrives at FRA before the accident.

FedEx Corporation reports higher fourth quarter and full year earnings

FedEx Corporation (Memphis) reported fourth quarter net income of $419 million, up from last year’s net loss of $876 million.

For the fiscal full year, net income of $1.18 billion was reported, up from last year’s $98 million.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (F) N586FE (msn 48487) is seen at the Anchorage hub.

Aeroflot Cargo was merged back into Aeroflot on December 1, 2009

Aeroflot Cargo (Moscow) was rolled back into Aeroflot Russian Airlines on December 1, 2009. The bankrupt subsidiary was operating two Boeing 737-300 (F) freighters and five McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (F) freighters. The “Cargo” portion of the titles are now being removed.

Copyright Photo: Jens Polster. McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (F) VP-BDQ (msn 48504) climbs away from Hahn Airport near Frankfurt.

Avient takes delivery of a second MD-11F

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Ex-VARIGlog McDonnell Douglas MD-11F Z-BVT (msn 48410, ex N575SH/PR-LGE) departed Miami on delivery January 27. It is pictured arriving at the European base of Liege the following day.

Avient Aviation (Harare and Liege) has taken delivery of its second McDonnell Douglas MD-11F freighter. Tragically the company lost the first (Z-BAV, msn 48408) on November 28, 2009 on takeoff at Shanghai.

Newly-delivered Avient Aviation McDonnell Douglas MD-11F Z-BAV crashes today at Shanghai

Copyright Photo: Eddy Gual/www.air72.com. The new MD-11F is pictured at Miami as N408SH before it was delivered as Z-BAV on November 20, 2009.

Avient Aviation (Harare) took delivery on November 20, 2009 of its first McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (F) freighter registered Z-BAV (msn 48408, ex N408SH/PR-LGD). Today (November 28) the ex-VARIG airliner caught on fire on takeoff tragically crashed at Shanghai (Pu Dong). Three (of seven) American crew members died in the crash. The aircraft is destroyed.

News links:

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34177650/ns/world_news-asiapacific/

www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/11/27/china.plane.crash/index.html