Drivers of 2016 peak season

After a tepid start to the year, the air freight market began to sizzle during the second half of 2016, with y-o-y monthly gains of 9.1%, 6.8% and 9.8% in October, November and December. Looking back, was this a result of rising underlying demand for air cargo, or the work of one-off events, such as […]

ATSG looks ahead

In a presentation delivered at the Stifel, Nicolaus & Co Transportation & Logistics Conference, Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) Chief Executive Officer Joe Hete and Chief Commercial Officer Rich Corrado painted a picture of where the company is now, and also provided some information about near-term plans and a glimpse of some future possibilities. ATSG […]

YTO’s rapid expansion prompts order for three 737-300P2F conversions

Almost exactly one year ago, Hangzhou-based YTO Express Airlines announced an order for ten Boeing 737-800BCFs (Boeing Converted Freighters), with options for an additional ten. This week, the carrier went public with a separate order for three 737-300 freighter conversions with PEMCO World Air Services. YTO’s new purchase commitment highlights its thirst for capacity in the […]

Asiana and Atlas in trans-Pac ACMI agreement

Asiana Cargo, the cargo arm of South Korea-based Asiana Airlines, signed an agreement to ACMI lease a 747-400F from Atlas Air, one of the airline subsidiaries of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW). Atlas will operate the freighter, beginning this month, on trans-Pacific routes connecting South Korea “with several destinations in the US.” Commenting on the […]

More freighter orders for Boeing

January was kind to Boeing in terms of freighter aircraft orders – especially if you consider the 767-200C a freighter. To start, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines converted two 777 passenger aircraft orders to freighters, and an unidentified customer ordered one 777F. As shown in the chart, this brings Boeing’s total orders for the type to 168 (including […]

The widebody freighter fleet – Part II

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 in the fleet, and their total […]
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