AerSale of Florida announced the acquisition of 44 DC-8-71F/-73F freighters, the accompanying CFM56-2C1 engines, spare parts and tooling and a Level D DC-8-70 series flight simulator from an unnamed seller thought to be UPS Airlines, which retired its fleet of 44 DC-8s last year (ATWOnline, April 24, 2009). Value of the transaction was not disclosed, and AerSale CEO Nicolas Finazzo said it "is only the first of several large-scale multi-fleet acquisitions included in our 2010 forecast." ...

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