Atlas expands its fleet

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) acquired a 747-400ERF (33515) on lease from Altavair. The freighter was originally delivered to Korean Air in 2003, and has been operated by Korean until now. Altavair acquired it, along with a sister ship, in a forward sale late last year. The second of the pair (33517) will also be […]
  • David Harris
  • September 11, 2017

An (adjusted) flying start for Atlas in 2017

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) reported a net first-quarter loss of $752,000 (compared to a $471,000 profit in 1Q16), as total revenues rose 13.6% y-o-y to $475 million. Operating income for the quarter was up 19.8% to $24 million. Given the net loss, why was Atlas so pleased with the result that CEO Bill Flynn […]
  • David Harris
  • May 3, 2017

E-commerce drives expansion of express fleets worldwide

Today we begin a three-part analysis of the jet freighter fleets of express companies worldwide. We start with some background, and then a look some of the smaller (and perhaps more interesting) companies. Tomorrow and the day after, we’ll look at the big boys, and conclude with a look into the future. At the end of […]
  • David Harris
  • April 12, 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

747-8 – the state of the program

At the end of last week, Cargolux took delivery of a 747-8 Freighter. As we said in Friday’s post on that delivery, the Luxembourg-based carrier had already taken delivery of thirteen of the type, and this one, #14, is the last it will take. Several other carriers have also taken all the 747-8s they ordered, […]
  • David Harris
  • October 3, 2016

Boeing cuts 747-8 production rate

Boeing yesterday announced yet another cut in the production rate of its 747-8. The manufacturer said that in addition to its previously announced reduction of 747-8 production to one unit per month in March of this year, it would further cut the rate to 0.5 units per month (six per year) in September – and take an […]
  • David Harris
  • January 22, 2016

How to build an airplane in 3 minutes

As usual on a Friday, we have a video for you. Not cargo-related this time, but interesting for anyone who is any kind of aviation geek (which probably includes most of us). This is a time-lapse video showing the production of a 747-8 Intercontinental for Lufthansa.
  • David Harris
  • September 25, 2015

Delivery of a modern freighter leads to some interesting history

Yesterday, Luxembourg-based all-cargo carrier Cargolux took delivery of the twelfth of fourteen 747-8 Freighters it has ordered from Boeing. Normally, that simple sentence above would be the extent of our reporting on the delivery. The 747-8F is no longer new, Cargolux already has eleven, so delivery of a twelfth is not the biggest news story […]
  • David Harris
  • March 6, 2015
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