HNA’s Suparna commits to Xi’an and Hahn as air freight hubs

On 28 August, a Suparna Airlines (previously Yangtze River Express, then Yangtze River Airlines) 747-400F departed the central-Chinese city of Xi’an, and headed for Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany, where it landed eight hours later, formally inaugurating the carrier’s newest Xi’an – Hahn – Ordos, scheduled cargo route. Although Suparna, in its previous Yangtze River incarnation […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 29, 2017

The distribution of widebody freighters

Last month Cargo Facts presented a detailed analysis of the widebody freighter fleets of airlines worldwide. That analysis (available here) showed that 75 airlines (down from 79 a year ago and 85 the year before that) currently operate 1,002 widebody freighters (up from 995), and that 150 (down from 164) more widebody production freighters are […]
  • David Harris
  • March 8, 2017

Conversion and re-conversion.

Forest fire season is upon us. From Fort MacMurray in northern Canada, to California and Arizona in the US Southwest, 2016 is already hot, and aerial firefighting tankers – from BAe 146s all the way up to DC-10s are dropping fire retardant as fast as they can reload. But if US-based Global SuperTanker Services receives […]
  • David Harris
  • June 28, 2016

Out with the old? Not so fast… Part II

Yesterday we looked at the history of orders and deliveries of the four available production freighter types, and the current state of Airbus’ and Boeing’s freighter backlogs. You can read that analysis here, but today we look at how these developments, combined with low oil prices and the modest growth in air freight demand seen […]
  • David Harris
  • January 13, 2016

Eyes on the desert as Saudia Cargo refleets

Much of Saudi Arabia is desert. Many 747-400s are parked in the US desert. So perhaps it is fitting that a refleet being undertaken by Saudi Arabian flag carrier Saudia will see many of the carrier’s existing freighters going to the US desert (or the scrapyard), while at the same time, many freighters currently in […]
  • David Harris
  • January 29, 2015

Retirement of 747-400 & MD-11 Freighters accelerates

For much of the last year, the topic dominating most conversations about the air freight industry is whether the rapid expansion of usable – and marginally costed – belly capacity will end civilization as we know it. An exaggeration, of course, but the swing in opinion from “the main deck/belly split is going to stay […]
  • David Harris
  • June 16, 2014

The bell continues to toll for the 747-400F and MD-11F

Speaking at this week’s IATA World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles, FedEx founder, Chairman and CEO Fred Smith emphasized the importance in today’s difficult air freight market of operating the most efficient freighters available. As an example, he pointed out that a 777 Freighter flight from Hong Kong to Anchorage cost at least $30,000 less […]
  • David Harris
  • March 14, 2014

Mystery 744

This former Korean Air 744 BCF (id: 24200) arrived on the Boeing ramp last month after being ferried there from ICN via Anchorage – and it has remained on the Boeing ramp at BFI ever since, though it has moved around a bit during the last couple of weeks. The A/c may be there to […]
  • David Harris
  • September 16, 2010