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A KC-46A refuels an F-16C during the first refueling test flight.

Boeing’s KC-46A tanker achieves another milestone

Aircraft, News, Photos+Videos May 5, 2017 at 8:38 am

This week, Boeing announced it had added a sixth aircraft to its KC-46A aerial refueling tanker test program. The newest addition to the test fleet will be used to evaluate the tanker’s resistance to electromagnetic fields. In practice, the KC-46’s electronic systems must prove resilient to potentially disruptive electromagnetic discharges.Read More

E-commerce drives express fleet expansion — Part II

E-commerce drives express fleet expansion — Part II

Aircraft, Carriers, Conversions, E-Commerce, Express, News April 13, 2017 at 10:40 am

Today, in Part II of our annual analysis of the worldwide express fleet, we look at changes to the fleets of two of the three biggest players – FedEx and UPS. We start with TNT, which was acquired by FedEx last year. (You can read Part I here.) As part of FedEx’sRead More

UPS goes for 767 conversions

UPS goes for 767 conversions

Aircraft, Capacity & Demand, Conversions, E-Commerce, Express, News April 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

As I write this in Seattle this morning, a 767-300ER, in Japan Airlines livery, is passing overhead, en route from Tokyo (HND) to Goodyear (GYR) in the US. However, while the livery might make you think this is a JAL aircraft, the registration tells a different story. Until last month,Read More

Another cargo-friendly widebody passenger aircraft takes off

Another cargo-friendly widebody passenger aircraft takes off

Aircraft, Carriers, News, Photos+Videos, Strategy April 3, 2017 at 10:13 am

Boeing’s newest airplane, the 787-10, took to the sky for the first time last Friday. The blue and white jet took off from Boeing’s South Carolina facility and flew for almost five hours before touching back down. Test pilot Captain Tim Berg said “From takeoff to landing, the airplane handledRead More

BOC Aviation purchases two 747-8Fs on AirBridgeCargo’s behalf

BOC Aviation purchases two 747-8Fs on AirBridgeCargo’s behalf

Aircraft, Carriers, News, Photos+Videos March 31, 2017 at 10:13 am

Earlier this week, Japan-based Nippon Cargo Airlines cancelled its outstanding order for two 747-8Fs (NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders).  Today, the announcement of a firm two-aircraft order from Singapore-headquartered BOC Aviation appeared to soften the blow, but it will have no real impact on Boeing’s backlog, because it is part ofRead More

NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders

NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders

Aircraft, Asia, Capacity & Demand, Carriers, News, Photos+Videos March 27, 2017 at 10:32 am

Japan-based NYK Group, parent of Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), said it reached an agreement with Boeing to cancel NCA’s two remaining orders for 747-8 freighters. NCA was a launch customer for the 747-8F, placing an order for eight units in November 2005, and upping its total to fourteen in early 2007. However, byRead More

More freighters for Amazon?

More freighters for Amazon?

Aircraft, Capacity & Demand, E-Commerce, Express, News, Strategy March 16, 2017 at 10:04 am

Note — 17 March 2017: We have added a comment from Amazon at the end of this post. In the last 24 hours, we have heard from two separate sources that Amazon is in talks to acquire more freighter aircraft. How many more? Are you sitting down? None of the partiesRead More

The distribution of widebody freighters — Part II

The distribution of widebody freighters — Part II

Aircraft, Carriers, Conversions, Express, News March 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

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