Qatar Airways Cargo outgrowing its need for A330-200Fs

Shanghai – Today at Air Cargo China, Qatar Airways’ chief officer cargo Guillaume Halleux confirmed to Cargo Facts that it will not be renewing the leases on three A330-200Fs currently in its fleet and will be returning the aircraft to the lessor once leasing agreements expire in early 2019. The fate of the five remaining […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 17, 2018

Freighter aircraft transactions through mid-April

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]
  • David Harris
  • April 13, 2018

Breaking news: Qatar signs LOI for five more 777Fs

Qatar Airways today signed a Letter of Intent with Boeing to purchase five 777 Freighters. Assuming the order is finalized, Qatar Airways may become the operator of the world’s largest jet freighter fleet outside the big express companies. The carrier currently operates two 747-8Fs, thirteen 777Fs, and eight A330-200Fs. It also has three more 777Fs […]
  • David Harris
  • April 10, 2018

The next big freighter?

What are the widebody freighter options going to be five years from now? As things stand today, those options look to be diminishing rapidly. There are currently four active production freighter programs: Airbus offers the A330-200F, while Boeing offers the 767-300F, 777F and 747-8F. But not only is the clock ticking on all four of […]
  • David Harris
  • March 22, 2018

FedEx reaps benefits of tax cuts in 3Q18

FedEx reported operating income down 2.3% y-o-y, to $1.01 billion in the third quarter of its 2018 fiscal year, despite revenues that were up 10.2% to $16.53 billion. The charts at right and below show FedEx’s results as reported, with net income up 269% to $2.07 billion, thanks in part to a $1.15 billion remeasurement […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 21, 2018

LATAM fleet rebalance sees 777 freighters shift to Atlas

Chile-based LATAM Airlines’ cargo division has finally offloaded the 777 freighters it planned to remove from its fleet by the end of 2017. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings acquired the freighters and announced that its Southern Air subsidiary will operate both freighters on an ACMI basis for DHL Express. Southern Air has operated one of the […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 7, 2018

The distribution of widebody freighters

Last month, we presented a detailed multi-part analysis of the widebody freighter fleets of airlines worldwide. That analysis (available here) showed that, as of the end of January 2018, seventy-three airlines operated 1,035 widebody jet freighters in commercial service, with 122 more widebody production freighters on order. While the number of freighters increased slightly over […]
  • David Harris
  • March 5, 2018

777Fs for All Nippon, and an expanded alliance with Nippon Cargo

Japan-based All Nippon Airways (ANA) will add two 777Fs as part of its new five-year business plan that runs from now through 2022. In an interview in the Japanese publication Aviation Wire, Shinya Katozaka, President of ANA Holdings, said the company had for several years been considering the addition of larger, longer-range freighters to complement […]
  • David Harris
  • February 27, 2018
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