ATSG reports another good quarter

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) had another great quarter following strong results in 2017, with most of the improvements stemming from a dramatic 211.5% year-over-year increase in the group’s ACMI segment earnings. After recording a US$3.5 million loss in ACMI segment earnings during the first quarter of 2017, 2018’s quarterly results of $3.9 million in […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 8, 2018

Forecasting Medium-Widebody Supply and Demand

Last week, Cargo Facts Consulting published the latest edition of our 20-Year Freighter Forecast, covering  the years 2018-2037. We thought it would be interesting to look beyond the forecast of freighter aircraft demand and briefly examine the supply. So, let’s do a brief analysis of the near-term outlook for medium widebodies, one of the most […]
  • Alan Hedge
  • May 4, 2018

New forecast predicts need for 3,000 freighters by 2037

The new 20-Year Freighter Forecast, released this week by Cargo Facts Consulting (CFC), comes at an exciting time for the air freight industry. After more than 15 years of mostly unimpressive performance, global air freight demand registered nearly double-digit growth in 2017. Furthermore, during the past twelve months, passenger-to-freighter (P-to-F) programs have been certified for […]
  • Robert Dahl
  • April 24, 2018

First freighter-converted 737-800F certified and redelivered by Boeing

On 12 April, Boeing announced via Twitter that it had received EASA and FAA Standard Type Certification (STC) for its 737-800BCF freighter conversion program. Following certification, the 737-800BCF (32740) was ferried from Victorville to East Midlands, where it will be formally handed over to launch customer GECAS, and then immediately leased to launch operator, Sweden-based […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 17, 2018

When business becomes too good

This week, UPS took delivery of a 747-8F from Boeing. This is the fifth 747-8F Boeing has delivered to UPS in just over six months, considerably boosting the company’s intercontinental capacity. And with twenty-three more of the jumbo freighters on order, all of which will be delivered in the next four years, it looks like […]
  • David Harris
  • April 6, 2018

Freighters, and a new logistics venture, for Brazil’s Azul

In late December last year, Brazil-based airline Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras issued a joint press release with Correios (the country’s postal service), announcing their plan to form “an integrated logistics solutions company,” with operations to begin in the first half of 2018. At that point, the plan was in the form of a non-binding Memorandum […]
  • David Harris
  • March 20, 2018

Guangdong Aerocity signs LOI with EFW for ten A320 conversions

Just one day after announcing Vallair as the launch customer for its A321P2F conversion program (click here for that story), EFW followed up with the news that China-based Guangdong Aerocity Holding Co Ltd (GDA) signed a Letter of Intent “for a potential order of 10 A320 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions to be carried out by EFW.” […]
  • David Harris
  • February 8, 2018

Vallair is the launch customer for EFW’s A321P2F

At the Singapore Air Show today, Luxembourg-based lessor Vallair confirmed it had placed a launch order with Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) for ten A321 passenger-to-freighter conversions. The first aircraft is scheduled for induction in the fourth quarter of 2018, with redelivery planned by the end of 2019. EFW, a 60/40 joint venture of ST Aerospace and […]
  • David Harris
  • February 7, 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

New and converted freighter orders to start the year

With 2018 barely over one week old, we can already report freighter orders from two airlines. First, Boeing has now confirmed that Turkish Airlines placed an order for three 777Fs. 2017 was the best year in a long time for the air freight industry, but despite the growth in 2017, and optimism about demand in […]
  • David Harris
  • January 9, 2018
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