CAL Cargo Airlines
ק.א.ל. קווי אוויר למטען
CAL Cargo Air Lines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
5C ICL CAL
Founded1976
Hubs
Fleet size2
Destinations7
HeadquartersBen Gurion International Airport
Israel
Websitecal-cargo.com
Cargo Airlines LHR in London
Cargo Airlines LHR in London

CAL Cargo Airlines Ltd. (Hebrew: ק.א.ל. קווי אוויר למטען) is a cargo airline with its corporate headquarters in the Airport City development of Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel.[1]

The airline operates daily scheduled cargo flights and charter services carrying nonstandard goods and general cargo internationally. Its main base is Ben Gurion Airport, serving Tel Aviv, and it has a hub at Liège Airport (Belgium). The airline carries approximately 100,000 tons of cargo annually including all categories of nonstandard cargo: temperature-controlled pharmaceutical and healthcare products, live animals, dangerous goods, oversize and overweight cargo, fresh perishable products and valuable goods including fine art.[2] The company slogan is Challenge accepted.

History

CAL was established in June 1976, starting charter operations in November of that year. Originally, the airline leased aircraft from El Al as required; however, on 1 December 1999, it began operating scheduled services using its own aircraft following receipt of Israeli government licences issued in early 1999.

In 1997, CAL purchased LACHS cargo terminal in Belgium (Liège Airport Cargo Handling Services), which is still fully owned and operated by CAL, and caters to CAL's specialty in nonstandard cargo. In 2010, CAL was purchased privately by Offer Gilboa and expanded its flight operations to include daily flights to and from JFK/TLV.

In 2019, the airline made news headlines for buying a Boeing 747 on Chinese e-commerce website Taobao.com for around US $23,3 million.[citation needed]

CAL 747-400ERF 4X-ICA (ex-Jade Cargo International, in Jade Cargo basic livery) on short final to Ben Gurion Airport. This aircraft has since been repainted with no livery.
CAL 747-400ERF 4X-ICA (ex-Jade Cargo International, in Jade Cargo basic livery) on short final to Ben Gurion Airport. This aircraft has since been repainted with no livery.

Destinations

CAL Cargo Airlines operates freight services to the following scheduled destinations (as of November 2021). Additionally, CAL Cargo Air Lines supplements its own services across the North Atlantic with Challenge Airlines.

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Belgium Liège Liège Airport Hub
China Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport Hub
Norway Oslo Oslo Airport, Gardermoen
United States Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
United States Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Fleet

Current fleet

The CAL Cargo Air Lines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of February 2021):[3][4]

CAL Cargo Air Lines fleet
Aircraft In fleet Orders Notes
Boeing 747-400ERF 1 0 4X-ICA
Boeing 747-400F 1 0 4X-ICB
Total 2 0

Retired fleet

CAL Airlines historic fleet
Aircraft Total Year introduced Year retired Replacement Notes Refs
Boeing 707 1 1986 1987 Boeing 747-200F [5]
Boeing 747-100F 1 1993 1993 None Leased from Atlas Air [6]
Boeing 747-200F 4 1999 2017 Boeing 747-400F One aircraft was written off in a landing accident in Liège Airport. [7][8][9]
Boeing 747-400BCF 1 2016 2019 None Transferred to Challenge Airlines.
Boeing 747-400ERF 1 2019 2020 None Transferred to Challenge Airlines.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Contact Information Archived 2014-07-03 at the Wayback Machine." CAL Cargo Air Lines. Retrieved on 1 January 2012. "Contact Information Headquarters C.A.L. Cargo Airlines 1 Hayarden Street, Airport City P.O.B. 271 Ben Gurion Airport 70100, Israel"
  2. ^ "CAL - Cargo Air lines - Company Profile". Archived from the original on 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
  3. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 17.
  4. ^ "Live Flight Tracker - Real-Time Flight Tracker Map".
  5. ^ "מרקיע שחקים - בואינג 4X-Atx 707". Archived from the original on 2018-12-09. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  6. ^ "Stop Spammers".
  7. ^ https://reports.aviation-safety.net/2003/20031001-0_B742_4X-ICM.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ "מרקיע שחקים - עודכן! בואינג 4X-Icl 747". Archived from the original on 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  9. ^ "מרקיע שחקים - בואינג 4X-Ico 747". Archived from the original on 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2018-12-07.