Where have all the orders gone — Part II

Yesterday we looked at the sudden drop-off in orders for production jet freighters — despite surging demand for air freight. You can read Part I here (including detailed charts of the orders, deliveries, and backlogs for all of Boeing’s and Airbus’ freighters). Today we turn to an analysis of the order and delivery situation on […]
  • David Harris
  • August 31, 2017

Where have all the orders gone?

What has happened to the market for production freighter aircraft? The conversion houses can hardly keep up with demand for narrowbody and medium widebody freighters, the news is full of stories of e-commerce driving big increases in demand for air freight, and airlines the world over are reporting increasing traffic and yields. But new orders […]
  • David Harris
  • August 30, 2017


基地位于迪拜的阿联酋航空签署了两架货机短租协议(今年7月至9月)。其中,一架波音747-400F由卢森堡国际货运航空提供,另一架空客A330-200F由阿提哈德航空提供, 根据报导(ch-aviation)。
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 17, 2017

HNA Group envisions Xi’an as future “Chinese Memphis”

If you read this headline, and thought “wait a minute, isn’t Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines already planning a ‘Chinese Memphis’ in Ezhou,” you are not mistaken. Perhaps China has room for two Memphis-like hubs, or at least a Memphis and a “Chinese Louisville”. Either way, last week Hainan Group established a new subsidiary in the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 24, 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

Malaysia Airlines to spin off new MAB Kargo unit [video]

As part of a major restructuring program, Malaysia Airlines created a new umbrella company, Malaysia Airlines Group (MAG), and will spin off its former MASkargo operation as a standalone entity under that umbrella with operations launching in 2017. Assuming regulatory approval of the restructure, the new MAB Kargo unit will offer “scheduled, chartered air cargo […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 27, 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
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