747-8F receives FAA and EASA certification

It’s been a long journey for the 747-8 Freighter, but on 19 August the US Federal Aviation Authority, and the European Aviation Safety Agency granted their certifications, and Boeing is now making final preparations for delivery to launch customer Cargolux. (To see the hi-res version of the photo at right, which shows completed 747-8Fs lined […]

“737 Arrives For Conversion at EADS EFW” Wait! How can this be?

Note: The following article is excerpted from the current issue of Cargo Facts Update. We encourage those of you who do not already subscribe to the monthly printed Cargo Facts newsletter, and its companion the weekly Cargo Facts Update, to click here for more information.   When is a 737 not a 737? Our Headline-Of-The-Month award goes to Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW, […]

Youngest-ever Airbus freighter conversion

Note: The following article is excerpted from the current issue of Cargo Facts Update. We encourage those of you who do not already subscribe to the monthly printed Cargo Facts newsletter, and its companion the weekly Cargo Facts Update, to click here for more information.   While many conversion programs are suffering for lack of feedstock — even twenty+ year old […]

Cathay to acquire eight 777Fs

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways released a preliminary report on its first-half financial results today. As might be expected given the recent fall-off in cargo traffic in the Asia-Pacific region, Cathay reported its first-half tonnage down 4%, although cargo yield was up 7.1% and cargo revenue rose almost 9%, so the picture is certainly not […]

747-8F Completes Flight Test Program

 Note: The following article is excerpted from the current issue of Cargo Facts Update. We encourage those of you who do not already subscribe to the monthly printed Cargo Facts newsletter, and its companion the weekly Cargo Facts Update, to click here for more information. BOEING’s 747-8 Freighter completed its certification flight test program, with the last two tests taking place  […]

11th hour reprieve for the US FAA

In a last-minute compromise, it appears that the US Senate will pass a bill granting an extension to FAA funding through 16 September. This will allow some 4,000 FAA employees to go back to work, and will allow a restart of stalled airport construction projects. The move follows two weeks in which the FAA was […]

Demand trends — are we moving to a “new normal”?

In this week’s issue of Cargo Facts Update we reported the latest traffic summary from the International Air Transport Association. IATA’s data showed that total worldwide air cargo traffic in June was down 3.0% compared to June 2010. While our report was perfectly correct — IATA did report a 3.0% decline — I’d like to […]

Breaking news: DB Schenker terminates the BAX air network

In a just-released announcement, Germany-based forwarding and logistics giant DB Schenker said it would ground its domestic US overnight air operation — the BAX Network. Schenker said: “The phasing out of the U.S. dedicated air fleet, which represents less than 10% of the company’s business in the Americas, will take place over the next several […]
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