A 747-8F arithmetic lesson

The first lessons in arithmetic most of us received involved apples. You probably remember something like this: “If you have three apples, and give one to me, how many apples are left?” If you answered “Two,” you received a gold star. But, as the lessons progressed, the gold stars became more difficult to win. “If […]
  • David Harris
  • February 23, 2018

Freighter Aircraft Transactions through mid-February

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • February 19, 2018

The widebody freighter fleet — Part II

Yesterday, in Part I of this analysis of the widebody freighter fleet as it stood at the end of January 2018, we offered an overview of the entire fleet – which carriers are operating which freighters. We concluded Part I with a chart showing every airline that operates widebody jet freighters in commercial service, including […]
  • David Harris
  • February 13, 2018

The widebody freighter fleet: Growing again, but slowly

Today we begin a multi-part analysis of the worldwide fleet of widebody jet freighters in commercial service, as of 31 January, 2018. We start with a look at the entire fleet – which carriers are operating which freighters – and in the coming days will move on to the ways in which the fleet has […]
  • David Harris
  • February 12, 2018

UPS to reinvest $12 billion

There was considerable news coming out of UPS’ Atlanta headquarters yesterday – and, for the most part, it’s coming up roses for the global integrator, starting with last December’s tax cut legislation, which, combined with increased demand for its services, translated into strong overall and division revenues in the fourth quarter. But UPS’ decision to […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 2, 2018

UPS firms up options for fourteen 747F-8Fs, orders four 767Fs

Concurrent with the release of its 4Q17 earnings, Atlanta-based UPS announced two major deals with Boeing for new-build freighters. First, the company doubled-down on its commitment to large widebody freighters by converting existing options for fourteen 747-8Fs into firm orders.  Separately, the global logistics giant placed an order for four 767-300Fs, adding that like the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 1, 2018

Freighter aircraft transactions through January 2018

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 available to […]
  • David Harris
  • January 26, 2018

Specialty products drive 2017 volume growth at AirBridge

Russia-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), the scheduled-service subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr Group,  reported total tonnage up 13% in 2017 to “more than 700,000 tonnes.” This is well down from the more-than-20% growth the carrier has reported in the last three years, but stronger than the industry average. In terms of cargo traffic (in freight tonne kilometers), AirBridge […]
  • David Harris
  • January 24, 2018
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