Around the world in 66 hours

In this week’s issue of Cargo Facts Update, we published a brief note describing the belt-tightening measures Lufthansa Cargo will undertake following three difficult quarters in 2015. That note is included at the end of this post, and we will expand on Lufthansa’s plans at the beginning of next week (including some interesting thoughts from cargo boss […]
  • David Harris
  • December 4, 2015

Qatar’s grand plan for cargo

The air cargo press was rounded up last month and sent to Doha, to see a shiny new US$1 billion cargo terminal and talk to Qatar Airways. Unusually (but then there is nothing “usual” about Akbar Al Baker) the airline’s CEO was the main speaker at the press conference, a spot normally reserved solely for the […]
  • Alex Lenanne
  • November 19, 2015

777 Freighter milestone for Emirates

Emirates took delivery of a 777F today. Nothing unusual in that, as the Dubai-based carrier has, over the last few years, taken delivery of twelve other 777Fs. But this one was different, and special in more than one way. First, this freighter (taken on lease from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise) is the last 777F Emirates has […]
  • David Harris
  • September 3, 2015

FedEx settles with pilots, takes next step with TNT

It has been an interesting week for FedEx. First, the company reached a tentative agreement on an amended collective bargaining agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA, the union which represents FedEx’s pilots). This puts an end to four years of negotiations, the last ten months of which have been conducted under mediation by […]
  • David Harris
  • August 26, 2015

Qatar Airways goes big in the charter market

Qatar Airways acquired another freighter, this one specifically for use in the rapidly growing project cargo market. Qatar Airways ACMI-leased a 747-400BDSF (24998) from Turkey-based myCargo Airlines. The term of the lease is three months, after which Qatar will replace the converted freighter with a production 747-400F noseloader, also to be ACMI-leased from myCargo. (We […]
  • David Harris
  • August 14, 2015

Air China Cargo flies high

Air China Cargo took delivery of its seventh 777F (44684) from Boeing, with the eighth, and final, 777F from the carrier’s 2013 order scheduled for delivery later this year. While the ups and downs of air freight demand over the last few years have shaken the resolve of some carriers to continue to operate freighters, […]
  • David Harris
  • July 16, 2015

After Paris, where are we?

With the Paris Air Show and its twenty-nine large widebody freighter orders and commitments behind us, now is a good time to take stock of the freighter order books at Airbus and Boeing, and the state of the large widebody freighter fleet in general. We start today with a look at the commercial jet freighters currently […]
  • David Harris
  • July 13, 2015

Breaking news: FedEx & Boeing order imminent

On Thursday we reported rumors that FedEx might soon place an order with Boeing for fifty 767-300Fs and ten 777Fs. Looks like there might be some truth in the rumor, as planespotters in the Seattle area have reported seeing a 767-300F and a 777F parked at the Boeing delivery center at the company’s manufacturing facility […]
  • David Harris
  • July 11, 2015
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