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

Air France-KLM cargo traffic improving, will profitability follow?

With the publication of its 2016 year-end results, Air France-KLM once again posted a full-year operating loss of €244 million, slightly narrower (by €1 million) than its 2015 full-year result. Cargo traffic meanwhile, has not yet returned to growth, but the situation is improving more rapidly. Group cargo traffic was down 1.6% y-o-y in December […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 21, 2017

More freighter orders for Boeing

January was kind to Boeing in terms of freighter aircraft orders – especially if you consider the 767-200C a freighter. To start, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines converted two 777 passenger aircraft orders to freighters, and an unidentified customer ordered one 777F. As shown in the chart, this brings Boeing’s total orders for the type to 168 (including […]
  • David Harris
  • February 13, 2017

Production freighter orders and deliveries in 2016, Part II

Yesterday, we began our look at production freighter orders and deliveries in 2016 with an overview of the last five years, today we continue with a summary of the order, delivery, and backlog status of the four freighters currently offered by Airbus and Boeing, at the end of 2016. We begin with Airbus’ single entry, […]
  • David Harris
  • January 11, 2017

Production freighter orders and deliveries in 2016

All things considered, 2016 was a good year for the air freight industry. Full-year data are not yet available, but we expect that when the final numbers are tallied, we will see an increase in worldwide air cargo traffic of about 4% over 2015 – not spectacular compared to what once would have been considered […]
  • David Harris
  • January 10, 2017

Lufthansa cargo targets new customer: the passenger

Friday has rolled around again, and, as we often do, we are adding some videos to the day’s post. But first, the news: As part of an initiative to increase profitability in a challenging market environment, Lufthansa Cargo said it was enhancing its product portfolio. No surprise in that, as adapting to changing market conditions (in air […]
  • David Harris
  • March 18, 2016

Qatar Airways cargo up almost 40% in 2015

It’s easy to post huge year-over-year growth percentages when you have hardly any cargo business, or if you’ve just entered the market. But to achieve 37.5% growth when you are already one of the world’s major cargo carriers is remarkable – but that is just what Qatar Airways Cargo did in 2015. According to IATA, […]
  • David Harris
  • March 4, 2016

Triple-Seven thoughts

In recent days we have looked at Boeing’s 747 and 767 programs, today we look at the 777 – the other aircraft type for which Boeing offers a freighter variant. Regarding the 767, we concluded that although the introduction of the 787 effectively ended demand for 767 passenger aircraft, demand for the commercial freighter and […]
  • David Harris
  • January 29, 2016
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