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Widebodies less likely to see second life as freighters

March 13, 2017 at 9:30 am 0 comments

SAN DIEGO – After years of stagnant demand for widebody freighter conversions, 2016 saw the market suddenly bounce back. Last year, fourteen 767 P-to-F conversions were added to the global widebody freighter fleet (eleven 767-300BDSFs and three 767-300BCFs), and a similar number will be put into service in 2017. However,Read More

Alibaba goes “down under”

March 10, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

Alibaba goes “Down Under” with regional office and new partnerships. Chinese internet services conglomerate Alibaba Group inaugurated operations at a new office in Melbourne, which will serve as the group’s regional headquarters for Australia and New Zealand. The office not only supports the onboarding of local businesses looking to reachRead More

Record fourth-quarter earnings cap a great year for DP-DHL

Record fourth-quarter earnings cap a great year for DP-DHL

March 10, 2017 at 10:18 am 0 comments

Capitalizing on strong e-commerce growth and on a return to financial health by its forwarding arm, Deutsche Post-DHL reported net profit up more than 25% to €841 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The big jump came despite revenue remaining almost flat (up just 0.5%) at €15.41 billion. OperatingRead More

The distribution of widebody freighters — Part II

The distribution of widebody freighters — Part II

March 9, 2017 at 9:06 am 0 comments

Yesterday we began an analysis of the way the 1,002 widebody freighters currently in service are operated and how the different types of widebody freighters are distributed within the fleet by type. You can read Part I here, and today we conclude with an examination of the distribution by manufacturer, byRead More

The distribution of widebody freighters

The distribution of widebody freighters

March 8, 2017 at 9:14 am 0 comments

Last month Cargo Facts presented a detailed analysis of the widebody freighter fleets of airlines worldwide. That analysis (available here) showed that 75 airlines (down from 79 a year ago and 85 the year before that) currently operate 1,002 widebody freighters (up from 995), and that 150 (down from 164)Read More

4Q revenue up, profit down, but ATSG sees blue skies ahead

4Q revenue up, profit down, but ATSG sees blue skies ahead

March 7, 2017 at 10:58 am 0 comments

Air Transport Services Group reported fourth-quarter net income of US$1.5 million, down 89.6% from 4Q15, as revenue rose 22.1% to $222 million. Operating income (EBIT) for the quarter was down 19.6% to $18 million. However, both the net income and operating income figures come with significant asterisks, and mean veryRead More

January gains come with an asterisk

January gains come with an asterisk

March 6, 2017 at 10:31 am 0 comments

Two weeks ago, we looked at the January data available from some of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports. At that time we predicted that once all results were in, it was likely that worldwide air cargo demand for the month would show a modest year-over-year increase. But weRead More

Blue Origin seeking NASA support for cislunar cargo transport

Blue Origin seeking NASA support for cislunar cargo transport

March 3, 2017 at 10:55 am 0 comments

Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ aerospace research and development company, reportedly sent a seven-page proposal to leaders at NASA describing its interest in supporting “future human settlement” on the moon with a cargo space craft it hopes to develop. A copy of the white paper was picked up and verified byRead More