Istanbul-based cargo carrier MNG Airlines has taken delivery of the first of four Airbus A330-200Fs on order. MNG already operates a fleet of seven Airbus A300 freighters and by moving up to the larger and more capable Airbus A330-200 Freighter will be able to expand its network and services.

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The airline launched the weekly Boeing 747-400F freighter service from Singapore’s Changi International Airport to Viracopos-Campinas International Airport in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state on August 16.

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It is the second Boeing 747-8 Freighter which the Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. subsidiary has put into service for Panalpina under a multi-year aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance contract, commonly known in the industry as a wet lease.

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The aircraft, a 747-8 Freighter, was delivered to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. Atlas Air will operate it on behalf of Panalpina, the Swiss-based logistics provider and supply-chain specialist.

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Cargo transportation provider and airline Amerijet International, Inc. is launching three-times-weekly scheduled air cargo service between Miami and Nicaragua’s capital Managua on April 17.

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For the project, ST Aerospace will lead A330P2F engineering development, working with Airbus and EADS EFW. EADS EFW will subsequently be responsible as program lead during the industrial phase, and will undertake most of the conversions at its facilities in Dresden in Germany.

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Korean Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing 747-8F and Boeing 777F freighters, becoming the first airline in the world to operate both freighter models.

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Volga-Dnepr Group subsidiary AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) took delivery on January 26 of the first of five new Boeing 747-8 Freighters it has on order.

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The Boeing 747-8F will be operated by Atlas Air ‘s 49 per cent subsidiary, Global Supply Systems (GSS), for British Airways World Cargo through a five-year wet-lease agreement.

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Cathay Pacific Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 747-8 Freighter, making the Hong Kong-based carrier the second freight operator worldwide to receive Boeing’s newest freighter.

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Cargolux is taking delivery on October 12 and October 13 of the first two Boeing 747-8 Freighters to be received by any customer. Deliveries of the two aircraft had initially been scheduled by Boeing for September 19 and September 21.

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Under a multi-year aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance outsourcing contract, the new-production 747-8Fs are scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2012 and will enter service for Panalpina upon delivery.

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MASkargo, the freight subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, has become a new operator of the Airbus A330-200F, following delivery of the first of four PW4000-powered aircraft ordered by the airline.

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Amerijet International began scheduled service to Trinidad in 1991, operating two flights a week with a Boeing 727-100 freighter capable of carrying 20,000 kilograms (44,100lb) of freight per flight.

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Qatar Airways has begun cargo operations using the first of three Boeing 777 Freighters the airline has on order, the aircraft departing on its first commercial flight from Doha to Amsterdam early on May 18.

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Global Aviation Holdings, Inc. subsidiary World Airways has signed an agreement with Luxembourg-based cargo airline Cargolux to operate a Boeing 747-400 freighter on a full-time basis for air cargo service from October 2010 through June 2011.

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Finnair will operate all-cargo schedules to Helsinki from Hong Kong and Seoul using a Boeing MD-11 widebody which the airline formerly used for passenger services but which it has converted into a freighter.

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American Airlines’ Cargo Division is celebrating the 65th anniversary of its first scheduled airfreight service, which American says was the world’s first scheduled air cargo flight.

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