Aircraft

The widebody freighter fleet — part IV

The widebody freighter fleet — part IV

February 10, 2017 at 10:28 am 0 comments

Today we conclude our four-part analysis of the worldwide widebody freighter fleet. In the first three parts we looked at the composition of the fleet as it stands at the beginning of 2017, and how it has changed over the last twelve months. You can read Part I here, PartRead More

The widebody freighter fleet — Part III

The widebody freighter fleet — Part III

February 9, 2017 at 9:59 am 0 comments

Today, in Part III of our annual widebody freighter fleet analysis, we turn from aircraft to operators. Tomorrow, we will conclude with a look into the future. (You can read Part I here, Part II here, and Part IV here). The chart in Part I shows that the 1,002 widebody freighters inRead More

The widebody freighter fleet – Part II

The widebody freighter fleet – Part II

February 8, 2017 at 9:46 am 0 comments

We began this year’s analysis of the worldwide widebody freighter fleet yesterday, with a look at the composition of the fleet on a carrier-by-carrier basis, making particular note of the fact that despite an 18.5% increase in cargo traffic over the last five years, the total number of freighters inRead More

The widebody freighter fleet: The more things change…

The widebody freighter fleet: The more things change…

February 7, 2017 at 10:09 am 0 comments

Today we begin our annual review of the widebody freighter fleet with some general observations on fleet growth, and a look at the fleet on a carrier-by-carrier basis. In the days ahead will continue with an examination of how the composition of the fleet is evolving, at carriers that ceasedRead More

Airlander 10 at Hybrid Air Vehicles' Cardington facility.

Airlander 10 to resume Flight Tests

February 7, 2017 at 10:05 am 0 comments

On 19 August, UK-based Hybrid Air Vehicles successfully conducted the first flight of its Airlander 10 dirigible. What could have been a breakthrough for outsize and heavyweight cargo requiring transport into remote locations without paved runways hit a roadblock just five days after the first flight, when the Airlander 10Read More

Production freighter orders and deliveries in 2016, Part II

Production freighter orders and deliveries in 2016, Part II

January 11, 2017 at 10:53 am 0 comments

Yesterday, we began our look at production freighter orders and deliveries in 2016 with an overview of the last five years, today we continue with a summary of the order, delivery, and backlog status of the four freighters currently offered by Airbus and Boeing, at the end of 2016. WeRead More

Production freighter orders and deliveries in 2016

Production freighter orders and deliveries in 2016

January 10, 2017 at 9:11 am 0 comments

All things considered, 2016 was a good year for the air freight industry. Full-year data are not yet available, but we expect that when the final numbers are tallied, we will see an increase in worldwide air cargo traffic of about 4% over 2015 – not spectacular compared to whatRead More

The 500th 787

January 7, 2017 at 11:08 am 0 comments

Christmas came a bit early for Colombia-based Avianca, when Boeing delivered a 787-8 aircraft (37511) on 21 December, 2016. And not just any 787, but the 500th of the type to enter service since the first unit was delivered to All Nippon Airways in 2011. While it will be manyRead More