Where have all the orders gone — Part II

Yesterday we looked at the sudden drop-off in orders for production jet freighters — despite surging demand for air freight. You can read Part I here (including detailed charts of the orders, deliveries, and backlogs for all of Boeing’s and Airbus’ freighters). Today we turn to an analysis of the order and delivery situation on […]
  • David Harris
  • August 31, 2017

Where have all the orders gone?

What has happened to the market for production freighter aircraft? The conversion houses can hardly keep up with demand for narrowbody and medium widebody freighters, the news is full of stories of e-commerce driving big increases in demand for air freight, and airlines the world over are reporting increasing traffic and yields. But new orders […]
  • David Harris
  • August 30, 2017

Freighter aircraft leasing – Part III

Today we conclude our three-part series on freighter aircraft leasing. In Part I and Part II we looked at the subject from the point of view of the leasing companies, today we turn from lessors to carriers, and ask a basic question: Why lease? Why would an airline choose to lease a freighter, rather than […]
  • David Harris
  • September 28, 2016

Freighter aircraft leasing – Part II

Yesterday we began a multi-part series on freighter aircraft leasing with a look at the way in which a business that was originally fairly straightforward has become increasingly complex – you can see that discussion here. Today we look more closely at the lessors themselves, while tomorrow we will look at the freighter-leasing business from the […]
  • David Harris
  • September 27, 2016

The complex world of freighter aircraft leasing

Today we begin a multi-part series on the increasingly complex world of freighter aircraft leasing. We start with a look at how leasing has evolved from a relatively straightforward agreement in which a company that owns an aircraft leases it to an airline, to the complex set of agreements exemplified by the operation of the Amazon Prime Air […]
  • David Harris
  • September 26, 2016

China’s freighter fleet grows – and the pace is accelerating

Two themes that have featured heavily in the air logistics media recently are the lack of growth in air freight demand, and the shift of what volume remains from freighters to the bellies of the current generation of widebody passenger aircraft. Moving from air cargo news to worldwide political and economic news, the current big […]
  • David Harris
  • January 27, 2016