Weekly Wrap: Widebody additions and deliveries, and the end of the 747 [VIDEO]

This week, Cargo Facts reported on stories involving widebody aircraft, including: Ethiopian Airlines’ plans to add a 777F and three converted 767-300Fs; the first reconfigured A380 passenger freighter; and Lufthansa Cargo’s expected delivery of two new 777Fs in 2020. But the 747 was also in the spotlight. In the video below, editors Charles Kauffman and […]

Hi Fly pilots first A380 freighter-lite

Portugal-based wet lease specialist Hi Fly has become the first airline to modify an A380 into a makeshift freighter by removing seats from its passenger cabin. According to Hi Fly, the reconfigured A380 offers a total volume of 165 cubic meters in the passenger cabin and 133 cubic meters in the belly, with a payload […]

Lufthansa Technik nabs customer for A380 freighter-lite

Lufthansa Technik has secured a contract to reconfigure an A380 as an “auxiliary freighter” capable of transporting cargo on its passenger decks. The experiment, prompted by the ongoing capacity crunch induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, will yield an aircraft that is the closest to an A380F the world has ever seen.  While Lufthansa Technik has […]

The latest from Airbus and Boeing

The past week has been an interesting one for the world’s two big commercial aircraft manufacturers, with some big orders and important first flights in the headlines. As usual, some of the headlines hint at more than is actually there, but even with that caveat, the news has been good. We start with an item that, […]

1,500 747s

Forty five years (and a few months) after the first flight of the 747, Boeing marked a milestone for the program on Saturday when Lufthansa took delivery of 747 #1,500. The German carrier was the launch customer for the 747-8 Intercontinental, which we first brought to you on Cargo Facts back in February of 2012.
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