Mystery freighter

Almost three years after it was parked, one of the former Jade Cargo 747-400ERFs looks like it may fly again. But for whom? In December 2011 Jade Cargo International, a joint venture of Air China and Lufthansa, ceased operation and grounded all six of its 747-400ERFs. These were relatively new aircraft, and despite the difficult […]

Aircraft manufacturers as political footballs

It’s easy to think of Airbus and Boeing as corporate behemoths, all-powerful giants capable of getting whatever they want. But even giants have problems, and at the moment both Airbus and Boeing find themselves on the periphery of political battles that have the potential to hit their bottom lines. A political battle now underway in […]

Boeing issues new freighter fleet prediction

Boeing issued the 2014 edition of its Current Market Outlook (CMO), forecasting passenger and cargo traffic, and the composition of the commercial jet aircraft fleet, for the twenty-year period through 2033. The full CMO is available on the Boeing website, but we will summarize some of the highlights – particularly concerning air freight demand and […]

Cargo growth continues in Asia

Yesterday we reported strong cargo growth at Etihad Airways and American Airlines. Today, two of Asia’s biggest cargo handlers also reported exceptionally strong growth in June and for the first half of 2014. So, while the big European carriers appear to be struggling, it is beginning to look as though worldwide cargo traffic will continue […]

IATA reports cargo traffic up 4.7% in May

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for May 2014, showing an overall 4.7% year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic. The growth came on the back of a 5.1% increase in international traffic, while domestic traffic was up just 2.6%. For the first five months of 2014, total traffic was up 4.4%, […]

Martinair for sale? Who will buy it?

Earlier this year we reported that Air France-KLM, which has been gradually paring back its main-deck capacity, was considering exiting the main-deck freight business altogether. The subject was discussed at a AF-KLM Board meeting early in the second quarter of this year, and while no public announcement was made at that time,  one observer at […]

Air China Cargo gets a cash boost

Air China Cargo is receiving an RMB2 billion boost from its joint venture partners. Cathay Pacific, Air China, and a third investor (Fine Star) will inject two billion yuan (US$321 million) of new equity into Shanghai-based Air China Cargo. Cathay said the funds would allow the carrier to “adjust its fleet, to reduce its operating costs […]

Freighter conversion – a story in photos

In September 1999, Japan Transocean Air took delivery of a 737-400, msn 29487. The carrier, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, operated the aircraft from its hub in Naha, Okinawa, until late last year when it was acquired by DHL Express as a candidate for conversion to freighter configuration. DHL was looking to add five 737-400 […]
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