Turboprop freighter fleet – Part II

Yesterday, in Part I of this three-part analysis of the worldwide turboprop freighter fleet, we offered an overview of the fleet, as well as a showing the entire fleet broken down by carrier. You can read Part I here, and today, we look at the fleet in more detail by type. Next week we will […]

PNG Air takes first ATR 72 combi

Papua New Guinea-based PNG Air (formerly Airlines PNG) took delivery of an ATR 72-600 Combi from ATR. The carrier is scheduled to take delivery of one more ATR 72-600 this year, three in 2016, and two more in 2017. PNG Air is the launch customer for the ATR 72 Combi, and its eight-unit ATR 72 […]

Paris – a good show for freighters

In recent years, the world’s big air shows have not featured much interest in freighters, but things changed at this year’s Paris Air Show. The charts below summarize the 990 orders and commitments announced at the show for full-size commercial jets, regional jets, and turboprops. These include firm orders, letters of intent, and memoranda of understanding, […]

Farnborough orders top $100 billion

Lessors and carriers from around the world placed over 900 commercial aircraft orders and commitments at last week’s Farnborough Air Show, with a value (at list prices) of well over US$100 billion . This is well up from the 2012 edition of the Farnborough Show, and comes despite fears by some in the industry that backlogs […]

Demand for turboprop freighters stalls

As package volumes declined in Europe and North America during the recession of 2008/2009, the big express companies cut off the expansion of their feeder freighter fleets. This ended several years of strong growth in the number of turboprop freighters in the 4-to-9 tonne payload category operated worldwide, and in 2008 the fleet actually shrank […]

ATR 42-300F

On the opposite end of the spectrum from this week’s excitement at Paris is this ATR 42-300F, seen here departing from Dusseldorf heading for parts unknown, but quite possible Kaunas International in Lithuania. LY-ETM (msn: 067) runs regional freight around northern Europe for a variety of customers, but is operated by Lithuanian ACMI operator DOT […]

FedEx Feeder ATR-72

A sunset arrival for the Ketchikan Express. Every afternoon Empire Airlines flies an ATR from the isolated south Alaskan community of Ketchikan to FedEx’s facility at Seatac. Ketchikan is Alaska’s fifth largest city, but still only has a population of about 8,000 residents. N821FX (msn: 253) is a converted ATR-72-202 built in 1991 for American […]
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