Air France-KLM to retire 747 combis by 2021, freighters to remain

Air France-KLM will withdraw from service the remainder of its 747 passenger and combi fleet, comprising five 747-400Ms and five 747-400s, by 2021, the carrier recently announced. No immediate changes, meanwhile, are planned for the group’s six-strong freighter fleet.  A formal retirement schedule for the 747s will ultimately depend on the rate at which the group’s backlog of […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • June 7, 2019

DHL confirms incoming 777Fs to gradually replace 747-400Fs

DHL Express confirmed today it plans to gradually phase-out older 747-400Fs as it takes delivery of new-build 777Fs. Earlier this month, Boeing delivered the first of at least fourteen, and up to twenty-one, 777Fs that were part of an order announced last year at the Farnborough Airshow [FATs 004505–4525]. Cargo Facts estimated that a total […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 28, 2019

Atlas expands

The Paris Air Show may have ended last week, but that hasn’t stopped the flow of news about freighter aircraft transactions. Yesterday it was China Southern, today it is Atlas. In a formal announcement this morning, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) confirmed several aircraft acquisitions and outlined plans for several future leasing contracts. Cargo Facts […]
  • David Harris
  • June 25, 2015

Korean Air continues fleet revamp – orders five 777Fs

Korean Air (KAL) placed a firm order with Boeing for five 777Fs. The order continues Korean’s fleet modernization that began several years ago with orders for a total of seven 747-8Fs and five 777Fs. Of these earlier orders, Korean has taken delivery of five of the 747-8Fs and four of the 777Fs. These nine additions […]
  • David Harris
  • February 12, 2015

Air Hong Kong in Tokyo

It’s express central at Tokyo’s Narita International, with DHL up front in the form of Air Hong Kong and a trio of FedEx heavies behind (looks like one MD-11F and two 777Fs). The Marroad International hotel, visible in the background, marks this scene as taking place in front of Narita’s massive cargo complex with its […]
  • David Harris
  • February 15, 2013