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Supersized aircraft – a history

Supersized aircraft – a history

July 2, 2015 at 8:34 am 0 comments

As we posted last week, Airbus is working on a new version of its well known Beluga — the supersized A300-600 the manufacturer uses to ferry subassemblies from one site to another. But the Beluga, and the 747LCF DreamLifter that Boeing uses for a similar purpose are not the first such freighters. WithRead More

Demand growth slows, but IATA optimistic

Demand growth slows, but IATA optimistic

July 1, 2015 at 9:19 am 0 comments

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for May 2015, showing an overall 2.1% year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic (in freight tonne kilometers flown). On a regional basis, however, results varied wildly, from a 10.5% decline in traffic reported by carriers in Latin America toRead More

Will the lights go out at Ex-Im?

Will the lights go out at Ex-Im?

June 30, 2015 at 10:53 am 0 comments

The US Export-Import Bank is now officially in limbo. For much of the last week, the attention of most news media in the US has been on landmark Supreme Court decisions on the contentious subjects of the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage. But while the spotlight was on theRead More

India: One up, one down, one waiting in the wings

India: One up, one down, one waiting in the wings

June 29, 2015 at 10:51 am 0 comments

  After finally winning a months-long battle with the government for permission to operate main-deck cargo service using an A330-200F ACMI-leased from Etihad, India’s Jet Airways made the following announcement: “The launch of dedicated freighter operations by Jet Airways has been deferred indefinitely due to commercial and operational reasons” WelcomeRead More

Shakeup down under

Shakeup down under

June 26, 2015 at 10:46 am 0 comments

Changing business relationships in Australia and New Zealand are having a big impact on the air freight scene. Virgin Australia has for some time had an agreement with Australia-based forwarder and logistics services provider Toll Group, under which Toll managed the carrier’s Australian cargo (and used the Virgin Australia fleetRead More

Atlas expands

Atlas expands

June 25, 2015 at 10:48 am 1 comment

The Paris Air Show may have ended last week, but that hasn’t stopped the flow of news about freighter aircraft transactions. Yesterday it was China Southern, today it is Atlas. In a formal announcement this morning, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) confirmed several aircraft acquisitions and outlined plans for severalRead More

China Southern to add 5 freighters in 2 months

China Southern to add 5 freighters in 2 months

June 24, 2015 at 10:38 am 0 comments

The air freight business must be booming in Guangzhou. If reports in the Asian and European media, as well as in several fleet tracking databases, are correct, China Southern Airlines will add five large widebody freighters to its fleet in the next two months – three new 777Fs from Boeing, and twoRead More

Size matters

Size matters

June 22, 2015 at 8:59 pm 2 comments

Airbus last week announced its selection of major suppliers for the Beluga XL, the new upsized version of the Beluga air transporter the manufacturer has long used to transport subassemblies for production of some of its aircraft. We list the suppliers at the end of this post, but the announcement remindedRead More