China Southern to add 5 freighters in 2 months

The air freight business must be booming in Guangzhou. If reports in the Asian and European media, as well as in several fleet tracking databases, are correct, China Southern Airlines will add five large widebody freighters to its fleet in the next two months – three new 777Fs from Boeing, and two 747-400Fs returned to service from […]

“A billion here, a billion there…”

“A billion here, a billion there…” So starts the famous quote attributed to former US senator Everett Dirksen. In FedEx’s case, as when Dirksen first said it, it ends with “and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” When FedEx last week reported its fourth-quarter results for the 2015 fiscal year, the gap between reported and adjusted net […]

FedEx accelerates aircraft retirements

At the beginning of June, FedEx Corp announced the permanent retirement of fifteen freighter aircraft, along with twenty-one related engines. The company said it made the move as it “continues to rationalize capacity and modernize its aircraft fleet.” The permanent retirements include: Seven MD11 airframes and 12 related engines Three A300 airframes and three related […]

Malaysia Airlines to end freighter operation?

Faced with reports that it was planning to sell or lease many of its widebody aircraft – including its entire MASkargo freighter fleet – financially troubled Malaysia Airlines said it was “exploring fleet options.” This comment – or non-comment – came via the Malaysia Airlines twitter feed, in response to a Leeham News report detailing the carrier’s offer […]

Lufthansa on the fence about more 777Fs

As we have reported, EVA has decided to modernize its freighter fleet with 777Fs. But on the other side of the world, Lufthansa Cargo is hesitating. When the Germany-based carrier ordered five 777Fs from Boeing in May 2011, part of the deal was options on five more. Initially, Lufthansa had set March 2014, just after delivery of the third […]

EVA refleets as Martinair defleets

In the Netherlands, it appears that the time for talking has ended, as Air France-KLM has taken the axe to subsidiary carrier Martinair. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Taiwan-based EVA Air is looking to the future, with plans to place an order for five 777Fs. The disappearance of Air France, KLM, and Martinair as […]
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