Another cargo-friendly widebody passenger aircraft takes off

Boeing’s newest airplane, the 787-10, took to the sky for the first time last Friday. The blue and white jet took off from Boeing’s South Carolina facility and flew for almost five hours before touching back down. Test pilot Captain Tim Berg said “From takeoff to landing, the airplane handled beautifully and just as expected.” […]
  • David Harris
  • April 3, 2017

BOC Aviation purchases two 747-8Fs on AirBridgeCargo’s behalf

Earlier this week, Japan-based Nippon Cargo Airlines cancelled its outstanding order for two 747-8Fs (NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders).  Today, the announcement of a firm two-aircraft order from Singapore-headquartered BOC Aviation appeared to soften the blow, but it will have no real impact on Boeing’s backlog, because it is part of Boeing’s already-announced twenty-unit agreement with Russia-based […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 31, 2017

NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders

Japan-based NYK Group, parent of Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), said it reached an agreement with Boeing to cancel NCA’s two remaining orders for 747-8 freighters. NCA was a launch customer for the 747-8F, placing an order for eight units in November 2005, and upping its total to fourteen in early 2007. However, by the time the carrier took […]
  • David Harris
  • March 27, 2017

Blue Origin seeking NASA support for cislunar cargo transport

Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ aerospace research and development company, reportedly sent a seven-page proposal to leaders at NASA describing its interest in supporting “future human settlement” on the moon with a cargo space craft it hopes to develop. A copy of the white paper was picked up and verified by The Washington Post, (which Bezos […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 3, 2017

UPS tests drones that launch from atop its brown vans

UPS has repurposed its classic brown delivery vans to serve not only as parcel transporters, but also as roving drone command centers. In recent tests, retrofitted vans dispatch drones loaded with packages from the roof of the vehicle. The drones travel autonomously to their drop-site, and then return to the vehicle – which has moved on […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 24, 2017

Fresh flower shipments propel volumes in February

Today on Valentine’s Day, much of the air cargo industry has reason to celebrate. If not for the chalky, sugary, heart-shaped candies with sappy phrases inscribed on them, or for that special loved one, then definitely for the seasonal boost resulting from fresh-cut flower shipments across the globe. In celebration of Cargo Facts’ adoration for anything […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 14, 2017

JD.com sees drones as key to rural delivery strategy

China’s second largest e-tailer, JD.com has been making commercial drone deliveries in at least four pilot regions scattered across China since June 2016, and has plans to rapidly increase its drone program in 2017, according to recode. JD already has regulatory approval to operate drones in four provinces, along twenty pre-selected routes. By the end […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 10, 2017

Freight trains and freighter aircraft on the old Silk Road

Just five years ago, DB Schenker launched the first China-to-Europe rail freight service, with a single train rolling from Chongqing in west-central China to Duisburg, Germany. Schenker touted the service as cheaper than air and faster than sea, but the launch was met with a certain amount of skepticism in the industry. Changing rail gauges, […]
  • David Harris
  • February 3, 2017
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