Out with the old & in with the new? Not so fast…

As we reported last week, 2015 was a strong year for new-build jet freighter orders. Today, we begin a two-part series in which we take stock of the overall state of the production freighter order books at Airbus and Boeing, and the state of the large widebody freighter fleet in general. We start with the “in […]
  • David Harris
  • January 12, 2016

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

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

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

Malaysia Airlines to end freighter operation?

Faced with reports that it was planning to sell or lease many of its widebody aircraft – including its entire MASkargo freighter fleet – financially troubled Malaysia Airlines said it was “exploring fleet options.” This comment – or non-comment – came via the Malaysia Airlines twitter feed, in response to a Leeham News report detailing the carrier’s offer […]
  • David Harris
  • May 4, 2015

More A330 freighters for Turkish

SHANGHAI — Turkish Airlines yesterday signed a firm order with Airbus for four more A330-200 Freighters. Not the most surprising news in the history of air freight, as the carrier had earlier announced in a statement to the country’s financial regulator that it had received Board approval for its 2015 budget, which appeared to include […]
  • David Harris
  • March 10, 2015

Turkish to expand freighter fleet

In a statement released on the last day of 2014, Turkish Airlines announced it had received Board approval for its 2015 budget, which, among other things, appears to include the acquisition of at least three more freighters. The brief statement included the following targets for the coming year: Fleet expansion from the current 255 aircraft to […]
  • David Harris
  • January 2, 2015

The life of a freighter jockey

We’ve got two things to share to close out the week – a video on what it’s like to work as a freighter jockey, and the results of our thanksgiving contest. First, the contest: In a post on Vietjet’s decision to get into freighter operation, we showed a picture of an aircraft sales rep presenting […]
  • David Harris
  • December 12, 2014
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