Boeing releases its 2014 Freighter Forecast

Boeing’s new World Air Cargo Forecast 2014-2015, released this week, indicates that the global fleet of freighters will expand from the current 1,690 units to 2,730 units by the end of 2033. The fleet increase is in response to projected growth in air cargo demand of 4.7% per year over the next 20 years. Demand […]

Solving the air/sea/road dilemma

Many of you are in Seoul today, enjoying TIACA’s biennial festival of all things airfreight-related. One of those things is Boeing’s release of the new issue of the World Air Cargo Forecast. which we will analyze, and compare to Airbus’ recently released Global Market Forecast, tomorrow. But for today we’ve got something completely different… Something that […]

Poland considers IAI- and Boeing-converted 767 tankers

Poland has called for proposals for as many as four aerial refueling tankers, and according to reports in Flight Global, Boeing is pitching the 767-based KC-46A it is developing for the US Air Force, while Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is offering a tanker-converted Boeing 767-200 fitted with its new fly-by-wire (FBW) boom to meet a Polish […]

Fly me to the moon…

Okay, if not the moon, how about to the International Space Station? That’s the formal request of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which is looking for a contractor to provide transportation of crew from the US to the International Space Station (ISS). Why? It’s a long story, and you can google for all […]

Qatar to order four more 777Fs

Doha-based Qatar Airways signed a Letter of Intent with Boeing for four 777Fs. The LOI was part of a firm order for fifty 777-9X passenger aircraft, signed at this summer’s Farnborough Air Show. Qatar currently operates six 777Fs and three A330-200Fs, and has two more 777Fs and five A330-200Fs on firm order. If the carrier firms […]

747-8 Freighters — where are they now?

It has now been almost nine years since Boeing officially launched the 747-8, with Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines signing on as launch customers with orders for ten and eight freighters, respectively. In a departure from the normal evolution of major aircraft programs, Boeing launched the freighter variant, the 747-8F, first, and it wasn’t until […]

Silk Way goes big – finally!

It has been a long time coming, but Silk Way finally took delivery of its first 747-8F. In March 2013, Azerbaijan-based all-cargo carrier Silk Way Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Boeing to purchase four 747-8 Freighters. Four months later, the carrier signed a firm order with Boeing for two 747-8Fs, and now, almost […]
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