The world’s top 50 cargo carriers

A year ago, when we looked at the top cargo carriers of 2015, we focused on Emirates’ rapid rise from nowhere to become a powerhouse that dominated the international air freight market. But Emirates does not carry domestic cargo, and FedEx, as it had done for many years, combined its massive US domestic traffic with […]
  • David Harris
  • August 8, 2017

Green grass and high tides for Atlas

Not only did Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) report an extremely strong second quarter and first half, CEO Bill Flynn said the company expected the good momentum “to carry through 2017, into 2018, and beyond.” In the second quarter, Atlas reported net income up 89.3% over 2Q16 to $40 million, as revenues increased 16.7% to […]
  • David Harris
  • August 2, 2017

China Air Cargo prepares for takeoff

Eight months ago, we reported that startup Chinese all-cargo carrier China Air Cargo Co. Ltd was about to take to the skies. It had taken redelivery of its first freighter – a Precision-converted 757-200PCF, and was within weeks of receiving its Operating Certificate. As is often the case, the final step, the dotting of the […]
  • David Harris
  • July 25, 2017

The turboprop freighter fleet in 2017 — Part III

In Parts I and II of this analysis we looked at the turboprop freighter fleet in detail, breaking it down by operator, and discussing the changes to the fleet in the last year on a type-by-type basis. But turboprop aircraft are not the only choice for operators looking for small freighters, and today we examine two […]
  • David Harris
  • July 12, 2017

Cathay and DHL plan reorganization of Air Hong Kong

In an announcement on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Cathay Pacific Airways and DHL Express said they had entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding covering a change in ownership of their Hong Kong-based joint-venture all-cargo airline, Air Hong Kong (AHK). In the MoU, the two companies say “it is contemplated that” three major changes […]
  • David Harris
  • July 11, 2017

The turboprop freighter fleet in 2017 – Part II

In part I of this analysis, we began our examination of the current turboprop freighter fleet with some background, and then offered a breakdown of the fleet by type and operator. Today, in Part II, we look at the fleet in more detail by type, while in Part III, we will take a close look […]
  • David Harris
  • July 10, 2017

The turboprop freighter fleet in 2017

Today we begin a multi-part analysis of the worldwide fleet of turboprop freighter aircraft in commercial service, starting with some background and then showing the breakdown of the fleet by type and operator. You can read Part II here, and Part III here. Two years ago, in our analysis of the turboprop freighter fleet in […]
  • David Harris
  • July 7, 2017

No slowdown in demand for 737 Classic conversions

As orders have rolled in for freighter conversion of 737 NGs, it is easy to forget that the 737 Classic Family freighters – 737-300Fs and 737-400Fs – are still in high demand. Today, 4 July, is the Independence Day holiday in the United States, so this will be just a short note with a few […]
  • David Harris
  • July 4, 2017
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