Conversions to account for two thirds of new freighter additions

This is the third of three posts on the future freighter fleet based on the 2019 Freighter Forecast, published by Cargo Facts Consulting. The first focused on the key numbers of the forecast and last week’s post on the aircraft types that are likely to dominate each freighter segment. This week’s post looks at conversions […]
  • Frederic Horst
  • May 22, 2019

Which aircraft will dominate the world’s freighter fleet in 20 years?

This is the second of three posts on the future freighter fleet based on the 2019 Freighter Forecast, published by Cargo Facts Consulting. Last week’s post focused on the key numbers of the latest Cargo Facts Consulting 20 year freighter forecast, which foresees the addition of 2380 jets and 421 new turboprops to cater for […]
  • Frederic Horst
  • May 15, 2019

2800+ new freighters to be added in the next 20 years, forecast finds

This is the first of three posts on the future freighter fleet based on the 2019 Freighter Forecast, published by Cargo Facts Consulting. The global freighter fleet will add 2,380 jet freighters and 421 feeder aircraft, according to Cargo Facts Consulting’s latest 20-Year Freighter Forecast. The 2019 Freighter Forecast was released today by Cargo Facts Consulting […]
  • Frederic Horst
  • May 8, 2019

How will FedEx beat back Amazon’s challenge? Here’s a hint

FedEx yesterday offered a glimpse at how the express company will fend off competition from Amazon, which continues to develop its own Amazon Air dedicated air network. The secret: infrastructure. David Cunningham, president and CEO of FedEx’s express business, said during a presentation before the Wings Club in New York yesterday that FedEx’s infrastructure gives […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • September 14, 2018

FedEx launches “Purple Runway” to alleviate potential pilot shortage

FedEx, in cooperation with Empire Airlines and Mountain Air Cargo, yesterday launched “Purple Runway,” a new pilot development program, that will “promote student interest in aviation careers at selected colleges and universities,” in the expectation of ensuring a steady supply of pilots in a market in which qualified pilots are increasingly scarce. The seeds of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 3, 2018


联邦快递与ATR签署了购买三十架ATR 72-600F的协议,外加二十架可选择订单。 这将会是ATR首次制造货运飞机,也是仅有的4-9吨有效载荷货机。截止目前,几乎所有的涡桨支线货机都由客机批量改造而来,且基本为散货装载用途。具体而言,改造仅是将飞机内部改造为货运配置,但是不安装大型的货舱门。 目前,共有超过200架的涡轮螺旋桨货机正在服役,大部分由大型快递企业运营,机型主要为散货装载配置。市场最受欢迎的机型是ATR 42、ATR72、BAe ATP以及Saab 340,然而,近年来只有ATR 72被大批量的投入货运机队。ATR 72如此受欢迎的部分原因是因为原料充足,部分原因则归功于总部位于瑞士的IPR所推动的货机改造项目。 全新推出ATR72-600货机机型对于货机改造业务的影响现在还未知,但是,假设所有改造货机的客户均为快件集成商,那至少联邦快递在可见的未来,将不再购买改造货机。然而,这并不意味着IPR将遭受损失,作为货机项目的一部分,ATR签署了一项技术许可协议,授予IPR在新机型上安装大型货柜门,以及结构的模块改造。 根据ATR的表述,新货机的机身将没有窗户也没有插座,拥有一个大型的货舱前门以及一个铰链式的货舱后门。机舱内部的变化包括E级的主舱甲板以及加固地板。货机将可以运载散装货物或是整板整箱的货物。ATR认为,主层甲板的容积量将达到74.6立方米,最多可以容纳七个LD3的集装箱,五个88英寸×108英寸的货物托盘,或是九个88英寸×62英寸货物托盘。ATR没有提供关于新货机的最大航程距离以及最大有效载荷参数,但考虑到ATR 72-600客机的最大航程距离为1,528公里(825海里),其货机的航程可能会更小,最大有效载荷可能接近9吨。 目前,联邦快递自身并不运营涡轮螺旋桨货机,其货机机队中有二十一架ATR 72F以及二十六架较小的ATR 42F,租赁给其他运营商并为联邦快递提供支线服务。 此外,另一则关于联邦快递的消息,其最近从波音公司接收了一架全新的波音777货机。
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 13, 2017

FedEx is the Launch Customer for ATR’s new production freighter

ATR signed an agreement with FedEx for the purchase of thirty ATR 72-600Fs, with options for twenty more. This will be ATR’s first production freighter. Until now, any carrier or lessor that wanted a turboprop freighter had to first acquire a used passenger unit, and then have it converted to freighter configuration. Most such conversions […]
  • David Harris
  • November 8, 2017

The turboprop freighter fleet in 2017 — Part III

In Parts I and II of this analysis we looked at the turboprop freighter fleet in detail, breaking it down by operator, and discussing the changes to the fleet in the last year on a type-by-type basis. But turboprop aircraft are not the only choice for operators looking for small freighters, and today we examine two […]
  • David Harris
  • July 12, 2017
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