Top 25 carrier rankings scrambled by fleet changes

While the mix of carriers in the top-five bracket remained the same in 2019, the order in which they are ranked looks very different compared to a year ago, thanks to changes to their freighter fleets.  In our list of Top 25 Carriers by total FTKs, the top five leaders collectively added a net of twenty-three freighters in 2019. The […]

Planes on Pause: COVID forces aircraft into storage

On July 8, a 767-300ER (25583) previously operated by Air Canada Rouge and parked at Kansas City (MCI) touched down at Pinal Airpark (MZJ), followed by two more Air Canada 767-300s in the next two days. All three planes, considered suitable conversion feedstock, have been inducted into storage programs at Ascent Aviations Services, located at […]

Fleeting solutions: Passenger freighters lack longevity

[Note: All figures and information in this feature were correct as of May 30.] Just outside East Africa’s bustling Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines has been toiling endlessly to modify a significant proportion of its passenger fleet to carry additional cargo. Some twenty-two reconfigured aircraft, a wide mix of fleet types ranging in size from the […]

Narrowbody fleet shaped by feedstock and FAA constraints

The year since we last tallied the narrowbody fleet has been full of unexpected twists and turns that have affected both certification timelines for new programs and feedstock availability. A U.S. government shutdown that began Dec. 22, 2018 and spanned thirty-five days left the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) without the resources to expeditiously certify new […]

Production freighter orders in 2019 – 747 nowhere to be seen

Given that 2018 was such a stellar year for freighter orders, with eighty-three aircraft ordered, 2019 was perhaps always going to pale in comparison. Still, the year ended with a respectable twenty-eight production jet freighter aircraft being added to the order books. The orders for these twenty-eight aircraft, consisting of seventeen 777Fs and eleven 767-300Fs, […]
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