Top 25 carrier rankings scrambled by fleet changes

While the mix of carriers in the top-five bracket remained the same in 2019, the order in which they are ranked looks very different compared to a year ago, thanks to changes to their freighter fleets.  In our list of Top 25 Carriers by total FTKs, the top five leaders collectively added a net of twenty-three freighters in 2019. The […]

Boeing 747 production to end in 2022

Boeing today acknowledged a formal end date to 747 production. “We anticipate completing production for the iconic 747 in 2022,” said President and CEO Dave Calhoun during an earnings call with analysts.  Let it sink in for a moment. Yes, the writing has been on the wall for some time now as the temporary low-rate production of six units per year introduced in 2016 has become permanent. Boeing has since then acknowledged it would move to end production absent “sufficient orders.” But the can was kicked further down […]

A look at special-edition freighter liveries

Special liveries, common for passenger aircraft, are few and far between when it comes to freighters, but Cargolux has produced what could be the first retro paint scheme for a cargo aircraft. The 747-400F (35170, ex-CargoLogicAir) returned to Cargolux headquarters in Luxembourg (LUX) on July 14 after spending two weeks in Shannon (SNN), where it […]

In shuttering 747 program, Boeing shuns consortium’s proposal, Cargo Facts learns

Not only is Boeing abandoning the 747 platform, continuing its trend in recent years of turning away customers seeking to purchase the iconic widebody, the aerospace giant has also declined an offer to acquire the program, Cargo Facts has learned. Efforts to save the 747-8 have failed, requiring the air cargo industry to face the […]

Longtail Aviation enters freighter market with 747-400F

Bermuda-based Longtail Aviation, the territory’s sole holder of an air operator’s certificate, has become the latest 747-operator with the addition of its first freighter, a -400F (27503) previously in service with Cargolux. The aircraft is being leased from U.A.E.-based Aquiline International [FAT 005463-005464]. For Longtail, which had been offering VIP charter services for around seventeen […]

Cargo Facts Connect: Carriers add capacity with passenger-freighter reconfigurations

At least twenty-two carriers have reconfigured close to seventy passenger aircraft, and Cargo Facts this week released an update to its new Passenger-Freighter Database that illustrates the degree to which passenger aircraft have been modified to boost capacity to carry cargo . In the video below, Cargo Facts editors Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee discuss […]

Western Global adds third 747-400F, reactivates MD-11F

Western Global Airlines added to its fleet a third 747-400F and started the process of reactivating one of several stored MD-11Fs. Amid the global airfreight capacity crunch, the carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that it took ownership of unit 29258 (ex-Atlas Air) on April 22 and will soon place it into service [FAT 005395]. The […]
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