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Old 04-23-2014, 06:02 AM   #1  
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Fleet renewal at Centurion Cargo


Fleet renewal at Centurion Cargo
April 22, 2014 by David Harris
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Centurion is transitioning from an MD-11-based freighter fleet to an all-747-400F fleet.

Miami-based all-cargo carrier Centurion Cargo confirmed to Cargo Facts that it plans to retire the nine MD-11 freighters in its own fleet and the fleet of sister carrier SkyLease Cargo over the next two to three years, replacing them with a smaller number of 747-400 freighters.

At present, Centurion operates two 747-400 freighters (one -400F and one -400ERF) and four MD-11Fs, while SkyLease operates five MD-11Fs. The first of the new freighters is a 747-400ERF (33096) formerly leased from ILFC by Air France and now in the process of being re-registered to Centurion. It will enter service shortly, and a second 747-400ERF (believed to be one of the two currently in the Air France fleet) will follow in September. Centurion has not indicated the retirement schedule for its MD-11Fs, but it is likely that two or three will be retired this year.

Centurion did not provide the timing and source of future 747-400 additions, but Cargo Facts believes they will be units currently in the fleet of Air France-KLM, which is in the process of severely cutting back freighter operation, and possibly exiting the freighter business completely. AF-KLM currently operates five 747-400ERFs (two at Air France, three operated for KLM by subsidiary carrier Martinair), two 777Fs (at Air France), and six MD-11Fs (all at Martinair).

From its Miami hub, Centurion/SkyLease currently serves fifteen destinations in Latin America as well as Los Angeles in the US, and Amsterdam in Europe.
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Anybody know why Curacao has banned those guys from their airspace? There is a Notam out on them.
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They don't pay their bills for using the airspace.............just a guess
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Spoke to buddy of mine who flies for Centurion, he tells me that furloughs are scheduled to begin on May 5, as they rid themselves of the MD11's, and are in the middle of contract negotiations.

Centurion has a union, SkyLease doesn't, and they're both owned by the same guy. He doesn't like unions and is trying to force the crappy work rules and pay the SkyLease pilots have onto the Centurion pilots. Centurion guys are not having any of that, so he will shrink Centurion and grow SkyLease.
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Somebody in the know, please enlighten us in how they are reorganizing the fleet from a pilot jobs perspective...this is not a trick question, or a gotcha question. I am honestly asking what the implications are for union jobs at one vs the other.
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They are all puppets on strings. Management that is! If they don't do what they are told they will be replaced with someone who will, Quickly. On the SkyLease side, Union? Its in-house, which means everyone is free to make there own deals. Its sad that they hired all of these crew members from World just to put them back on the street. SkyLease was always in the works to grow since TradeWinds had 747-200's on the certificate and it was easy to add the 74-4 as well as all of the MD's. Centurion has had and will have the worse mx records and the FAA will not allow more planes on there certificate; that and Johnny having his hands in it. Seeing that he has many lives on his hands, he should be banned from aviation just like the Clippers owner from the NBA.
I wish the best for all the good guys there.
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