Cessna SkyCourier reaches prototype assembly stage

Textron Aviation’s in-development turboprop aircraft for passenger and freighter operations, the Cessna SkyCourier, has reached the prototype assembly stage, the manufacturer announced today. The SkyCourier's McCauley 110-inch propeller is also undergoing simulated flight profiles alongside the PWC PT6A-65B engine, according to Textron's statement. Testing of the turboprop’s fuel system and nose landing gear prototypes, which […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 20, 2019

How important is Amazon to the US domestic air freight and express business?

Amazon is big. In 2018, the company’s share of US e-commerce sales reached around 50%. E-commerce itself accounts for about 15% of total US retail spending. But how big is Amazon for the domestic air freight and express business? And has Amazon’s growth come at the detriment for FedEx and UPS? To be clear, Amazon […]
  • Frederic Horst
  • May 8, 2019

Freighter orders, deliveries slow in 1Q19

Freighter orders and deliveries fell 5.6% last quarter to 14 deliveries and redeliveries of production freighters and freighter conversions, Cargo Facts reports. Cargo Facts tracks global freighter aircraft transactions in its FAT database here. Starting with orders for production and converted freighters during 1Q19, totals were significantly slower than during 1Q18, when fifty-two orders or […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • May 2, 2019

Freighter aircraft transactions through the first half of April

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • April 15, 2019

The narrowbody freighter fleet part III: 757-200F dominates in express

Today we conclude our analysis of the worldwide fleet of narrowbody jet freighters with a look at the fleet on a type-by-type basis, with a focus on express vs. general cargo, and then by regional distribution. You can read part I on the overall composition of the fleet here, and part II on the passenger-to-freighter […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 9, 2019

Cargolux nabs three 747-400ERFs as ASL restructures leased fleet

Last year, Cargolux confirmed plans to add three used 747-400ERFs to its fleet in 2019. At the time, a number of sources for the aircraft were possible, but now that a Luxembourgian registration has been reserved for the first aircraft (35236, ex-ASL Airlines Belgium) the identities of the other two incoming 747-400ERFs begin to emerge. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 8, 2019

Freighter aircraft transactions mid-February to mid-March

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 15, 2019
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