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Air Canada wants more cargo jets 3 months after launching service

Record cargo revenue motivates investment in dedicated aircraft, cold storage and IT systems

Eight cargo jets are only the beginning for Air Canada. 

The first carrier in North America to return to a combination passenger-and-freighter fleet intends to invest in more all-cargo aircraft as logistics contributes more to long-term profitability, the company’s cargo chief says.

Air Canada began flying its first Boeing 767-300 converted freighter in late December and the arrival of a second aircraft is imminent. Israel Aircraft Industries is remodeling older Air Canada passenger jets to carry heavy freight. Six more will be produced between now and the end of 2023, according to airline executives.

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