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AIRFREIGHTNEWS ROUND-UP more news at www.heavyliftpfi.com


The FAA certification allows the LM-100J to operate from any commercial airfield in the world.


NEWS in BRIEF


Erickson awarded Transcom contract


Lockheed’s LM-100J wins FAA certificate L


ockheed Martin’s LM-100J commercial freighter – a variant of its C-130 Super Hercules aircraft – has received a type


certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This allows the LM-100J to operate from any commercial airfield in the world, said Lockheed Martin. “This updated FAA certification enables the


LM-100J to literally go anywhere in the world to fulfil the unique and demanding requirements it was built to support,” added Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s air mobility and maritime missions business. “As the LM-100J enters into service, we


Triumph Group is winding down the production of parts for Boeing’s 747 aircraft. During November 2019, Triumph Group reportedly held an online auction for the equipment at its southern California facilities that manufactured and supplied


fuselage sections and other components for the B747. In 2020, Triumph will also


close a plant in Dallas that makes the tail section for the aircraft. Parts for Boeing’s backlog of


orders, totalling 18 aircraft, will still come from Triumph, but


Erickson has been awarded a US Transportation Command (Transcom) contract for the provision of airlift services for the US Armed Forces. Erickson is one of 17 firms selected under the Worldwide Airlift Services Program (WASP). Work will be performed globally over the next five years, with an expected completion date of November 11, 2024. The contract covers airlift services for fixed and rotary wing aircraft used to transfer personnel and cargo for domestic and international shipments.


Cargolux enhances


are proud that it will continue to exemplify and expand the already unmatched capabilities of the C-130J Super Hercules family.” According to Lockheed Martin, the LM-100J is


an ideal airlift solution for the delivery of bulk and oversize cargo. In 2020, two LM-100Js will be delivered to Pallas


Aviation, which will be the first commercial operator of the aircraft. Based at Forth Worth Alliance airport in Texas, USA, Pallas Aviation will provide heavy lift and oversized cargo transportation services into and out of unconventional airports and remote locations, said Lockheed Martin.


Triumph winds down 747 parts production


Boeing will soon face the decision of either finding other suppliers, or moving the production of these parts in-house. This will depend on whether the company is able to secure more freighter orders to save the B747 once again.


First of six BelugaXL aircraft enters service


The first BelugaXL from Airbus has entered service. It will be used to transport Airbus’ large aircraft components and support the increased production of commercial aircraft. This is the first of six


BelugaXLs to begin work alongside its predecessors, the BelugaST. The additional aircraft will be introduced between 2020 and 2023.


www.heavyliftpfi.com At 63 m long and 8 m wide,


Airbus claims that the BelugaXL has the largest cargo bay cross-section of all existing


cargo aircraft worldwide. It can carry two A350 XWB aircraft wings, compared to the BelugaST’s one.


Jakarta service Cargolux Airlines has introduced a second weekly service from Luxembourg to Jakarta, Indonesia. The airline first launched a service to the city in June 2019. According to Domenico Ceci, executive vice president, sales and marketing at Cargolux, Indonesia and the Far East have proved to be substantial markets.


ACS expands headquarters


in US to boost growth Air Charter Service (ACS) has expanded its US headquarters on Long Island in order to facilitate growth in the Americas region. The air charter broker now has over 50 employees based in Long Island, and the new premises are more than double the size of the previous site.


freighter agreement Atlas Air will operate a Boeing 747-400 freighter on behalf of EL AL Israel Airlines, under an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) agreement. The aircraft will operate on routes between Liège, Belgium and Tel Aviv, Israel, among others.


plans for growth East Midlands Airport (EMA) in the UK will soon unveil a new commercial strategy outlining investments it intends to make in response to growth in demand for air cargo. Investments already include the extension to its East Apron and UPS’ expansion.


January/February 2020 13 East Midlands Airport Atlas Air signs EL AL


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