Silk Way’s first 747-8F gets ready to fly

Less than a year after Silk Way Airlines of Azerbaijan placed an order for two 747-8Fs, the first of these aircraft has been rolled out of the factory in the carrier’s full livery (msn: 44444). The Baku-based carrier is divided into two parts – Silk Way Airlines (IATA: ZP) and Silk Way West Airlines (IATA: […]

Cargolux loses a top executive as troubles mount

24 January note: I have added a note regarding the response from Cargolux employees (through a union spokesman) at the end of this post. Not many in the air freight industry believed that the “dual hub strategy” Cargolux was forced to agree to when the Luxembourg government sold a 35% stake in the carrier to […]

A major strategic change at IAG Cargo

Eighteen years ago, when British Airways needed main-deck freight capacity, it took the then-unusual step of leasing a freighter on an ACMI basis, rather than buying or dry-leasing its own freighter. The provider of the freighter was a relatively young US-based 747 freighter operator, Atlas Air. There have been big changes at both companies since […]

Air China Cargo’s new 777F

Air China Cargo’s first 777F has returned from the Portland paint shop and is now in pre-delivery testing at Boeing’s Everett Facility. The aircraft (msn:  44678) is the first of eight the carrier will receive through 2015. The new 777s were ordered in March, 2013, as part of a massive re-alignment of the fleets at […]

Delta Air Lines in the express business?

Over the last year there has been much talk by the integrators of customers shifting down from high-speed, high-price products. Next-day instead of overnight. Deferred instead of Next-day. Ground instead of air. Coping with this shift has been the motivation behind FedEx’s much publicized “this is not a restructuring” program. At the Cargo Facts Asia […]

Saudia Cargo goes big

[See update in comment at end of post] How big? Well if the latest rumor is true, Saudia Cargo is going as big as it is possible to go: with two two 747-8 Freighters. Cargo Facts is awaiting confirmation, but we believe the Saudi Arabia-based carrier has agreed to buy two of the 747-8Fs (37562 and […]
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