The bell continues to toll for the 747-400F and MD-11F

Speaking at this week’s IATA World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles, FedEx founder, Chairman and CEO Fred Smith emphasized the importance in today’s difficult air freight market of operating the most efficient freighters available. As an example, he pointed out that a 777 Freighter flight from Hong Kong to Anchorage cost at least $30,000 less […]

Mystery Machines: Whose four 777Fs are these?

Boeing recently announced an order for four 777 Freighters from “Unidentified Customer(s)”. Based on information from sources in North America and the UK, Cargo Facts believes that the end user of the four freighters will be Saudia Cargo, the cargo arm of Jeddah-based Saudia. In addition to the 777F order, it is believed that an […]

“Super” news for the 747-8F

Does anyone remember 37564? That’s the msn of an early-build 747-8 Freighter, originally one of twelve ordered by Atlas Air Worldwide holdings. But Atlas exercised a contractual right to cancel the first three of those orders, and for some time the three freighters sat as whitetails. Two of the three were eventually sold to an “unidentified […]

What happened to the widebody conversion market?

2013 was a very good year in the narrowbody conversion market, as orders poured in for passenger-to-freighter conversion of 737-300s, 737-400s, MD-80s, and 757-200s. For those offering widebody conversions, however, it was “the year that wasn’t.” That is, as far as we know, there was not a single widebody conversion order placed in 2013. Passenger-to-freighter […]

A slow year for new-build freighter orders

Airbus and Boeing enjoyed another strong year in 2013, booking almost 3,000 commercial jet orders between them. As shown in the accompanying charts, both manufacturers also suffered some cancellations, but even so, the net order total of 2,705 is impressive. Most of the activity, however, was on the passenger side of the business, and orders […]

ST Aero enters a new conversion and lease joint venture

ST Aerospace and Wings Capital Partners formed a 50/50 joint venture, WingStar Pte. Ltd., to acquire aircraft for lease, conversion, and part out. There is much of interest to the air freight community here, and we start with ST Aero’s partner in the deal… Wings Capital Partners, an affiliate of Wings Capital Partners Management LLC, […]

A 737-800 Freighter may be closer than you think

While passenger-to-freighter conversions of 737 Classic aircraft are currently taking place almost faster than we can report them, it is no secret that all the players in the narrowbody conversion market are looking ahead and asking “What next?” It is also no secret that the answer is “737NG and A320 Family conversions.” It has generally […]
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