Return to the skies of passengers doesn’t spell the end of passenger freighters

Even as passengers return to the skies, passenger freighters aren’t immediately headed for their demise. The uptick in passenger flights recorded from mid-June onward has not led to an immediate end to the use of passenger aircraft for cargo-only service. Although some aircraft have traded out cargo for passengers — or at least a mix […]

Reconfigured passenger-freighter fleet tops 130

More than 130 passenger aircraft have now been reconfigured for cargo by removing seats from the main-deck cabin, according to Cargo Facts research. Meanwhile, the total number of passenger freighters, which includes aircraft that have not had seats removed, has grown to more than 1,800. Airlines that have opted to reconfigure passenger cabins have done […]

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 […]

September 2019 general cargo demand: generally dismal

Although some Asia-based carriers saw improvements in September 2019 cargo demand compared to August, almost unanimously, cargo traffic reported by combination carriers was lower in September 2019. This was no surprise given market performance for much of 2019 as air freight demand responds to slowing global trade related to increasing protectionism and trade friction, and […]

Who is carrying all that European traffic?

According to IATA, cargo traffic flown by carriers based in Europe was up 12.6% year-over-year in September, their biggest gain in many years. This strong performance by European carriers has now been going on for six months. But who is carrying all that cargo? In the past, the answer would have been simple: Air France-KLM, […]

Troubles continue for Europe’s big three

With the publication of its first-half results, Lufthansa issued a warning that, for the first time in many years, its cargo division was likely to post a full-year operating loss. We have come to expect losses at Air France-KLM Cargo, but Lufthansa? Lufthansa’s cargo operation had always seemed proof against increased competition and a deteriorating […]

End of an era, Martinair retires its MD-11Fs

  In the last two weeks, Martinair, the all-cargo subsidiary of Air France-KLM, retired its last two MD-11Fs (48616 and 48757) [FATs 003346 – 3347]. Martinair now operates three 747-400Fs and one 747-400BCF. Founded in the Netherlands in1958 as a passenger carrier by Martin Schröder (as Martin’s Air Charter), Martinair gradually morphed into a major […]

European cargo on the upswing?

The big three Western European carriers have all reported their January cargo results, and all three show improving performance. However, before you break out the Champagne, remember that neither January nor February data can be considered meaningful on their own. The timing of the Lunar New Year holiday in Asia can cause big shifts in […]
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