EVA confirms freighter fleet replacement

EVA confirmed its plan to replace 747-400 and MD-11 freighters with 777Fs. Speaking at a ceremony marking the simultaneous delivery of two 777-300ER passenger aircraft last month, EVA Air Chairman Zhang Wei confirmed the carrier’s intent to replace its nine 747-400Fs and three MD-11Fs with 777Fs. Various EVA executives have made similar comments in the […]
  • David Harris
  • June 11, 2014

The changing freighter fleet

It’s been a busy month for freighter aircraft transactions. Regular visitors to this site will have seen a steady stream of reports chronicling the resurgence in demand for medium widebody freighters. Amerijet International, Cargojet, Star Air, and Uzbekistan Airways have all ordered or acquired freighter-converted 767-300s. And while there have been no recent orders for […]
  • David Harris
  • June 9, 2014

Grim prospects for widebody freighters?

As we have reported many times, the combination of high fuel costs and low inventory carrying costs for shippers in the current interest rate environment, has made surface transport much more attractive. While this has negative implications for the air freight industry as a whole, the mood at the ISTAT Americas conference this week regarding […]
  • David Harris
  • March 21, 2014

Lufthansa Cargo Fleet Developments

Lufthansa Cargo’s third 777F (D-ALFC, msn: 41676), seen here just after it was rolled out of the factory last month, is nearly ready for delivery. Last year, when the carrier received its first 777F, there was speculation that the 777s would replace MD-11Fs on a one-to-one basis, and for a short time, it looked like […]
  • David Harris
  • February 19, 2014

More 777Fs Arrive for China Southern

Painted, tested, and brand new, B-2041 (msn: 41632), the seventh 777 Freighter for China Southern Cargo, is seen here getting ready for delivery at Paine field. Guangzhou-based China Southern has put it’s very new fleet of 777Fs to good use. Year over year from 2011 to 2012, the carrier’s international cargo traffic rose 23.1% to […]
  • David Harris
  • August 2, 2013

Qatar Cargo’s Continuing Growth

Although the trio of new Airbus A330-200 Freighters has been the primary headline at Qatar Cargo this year, the carrier has also recently added another 777 Freighter, A7-BFE (msn: 39644) on June 22. The new aircraft brings Qatar Cargo’s 777 fleet to five, with three remaining on order. The 777Fs are used for long-haul missions, […]
  • David Harris
  • July 16, 2013

Etihad’s Main-Deck Expansion

Seen here getting ready to head out on a test flight, Etihad Cargo’s second 777F (A6-BBD, msn: 39692) is just about ready for delivery. While you may have heard last week that Emirates has expanded its fleet of 777 Freighters, crosstown rival Etihad is also adding capacity in the form of the 777F. While the […]
  • David Harris
  • January 30, 2013

Emirates SkyCargo’s latest 777F

Emirates SkyCargo took delivery of its sixth 777-200 Freighter last week (A6-EFH, msn: 35608), bringing the Dubai giant’s total 777 fleet to an astounding 114 aircraft. Just a few days earlier, Emirates had also taken delivery of its latest 777-300ER (A6-EGZ, msn: 41081). Another 777-300ER for the airline (A6-ENA, msn: 41082) is already in final […]
  • David Harris
  • October 8, 2012

First 777F for Korean Air Cargo

The First 777 Freighter for Korean Air Cargo isn’t painted yet, but should fly for the first time this week. HL8251 (msn: 37639) is the first of five 777Fs that were part of a large order Korean Air placed with Boeing at the tail end of 2006, which included 777-300ER, 747-8, and 737 orders and […]
  • David Harris
  • January 9, 2012

777F Number Three for TNT

November is a gray, dreary month in the Pacific Northwest, but sometimes there are days where the clouds lift and leave you with bright, but cold, conditions. On Saturday Cargo Facts was on hand for the third flight of TNT’s latest 777F, OO-TSC (msn: 37138) – just a 30 minute loop out over the northern […]
  • David Harris
  • November 21, 2011
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