The uncertain future of the An-124.

There has been much speculation recently on the whereabouts of – and even the operators of – Russia’s An-124s. Former operator Polet, which was forced to file for bankruptcy last year and has repeatedly been in the Russian courts since, fighting various creditors, is reported to have at last been forced to give up its […]

DHL to convert up to 32 more 757s

DHL has begun to replace thirty-two older 757-200Fs with new conversions. Markus Otto, Managing Director of DHL Express subsidiary carrier EAT Leipzig, was quoted in the German aviation press as saying DHL would retire and scrap not only the ten 757-200SFs in the EAT Leipzig fleet, but also the twenty-two of the type operated by UK-based […]

Ryukyu places launch order for Q400 Combi

Japan-based Ryukyu Air Commuter is the launch customer for the combi variant of Bombardier’s Q400. When Bombardier launched the Q400 Combi program last year, it said it had a launch order from an unidentified customer, and it kept that customer’s identity under wraps until today, with the announcement of Ryukyu’s order for five of the […]

August 2015 = August 2014

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for August 2015, showing a very slight (0.2%) overall year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic (in freight tonne kilometers flown). On a regional basis, results varied from a 7.3% y-o-y decline in traffic reported by Latin American carriers, to a 10.4% gain for carriers […]

Cargolux China – the real story

Yesterday, as a “breaking news” sidebar in our story about the livery Cargolux used on a 747-8F to celebrate its forty-fifth anniversary, we cited a Reuters report that Cargolux was in negotiations with Boeing about the purchase of an additional five 747-8Fs for its “Cargolux China” joint venture airline. It may well be true that Cargolux […]

Is this the coolest freighter livery ever?

If you want to be completely accurate about it, Cargolux celebrated its forty-fifth anniversary on either 4 March or 10 March of this year, depending on whether you count the starting point as the formal founding of the airline (4 March 1970) or the first flight (10 March 1970). So 28 September is a few […]
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