DHL confirms incoming 777Fs to gradually replace 747-400Fs

DHL Express confirmed today it plans to gradually phase-out older 747-400Fs as it takes delivery of new-build 777Fs. Earlier this month, Boeing delivered the first of at least fourteen, and up to twenty-one, 777Fs that were part of an order announced last year at the Farnborough Airshow [FATs 004505–4525]. Cargo Facts estimated that a total […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 28, 2019

Despite future focus on 777Fs, Turkish Cargo continues to refine A330-200F network

Although Istanbul-based Turkish Cargo is investing heavily in the 777F platform for future growth, it remains as one of the few combination carriers operating A330-200Fs in large numbers. This week, Turkish Cargo added a Porto (OPO) stop to a weekly flight previously operating as a round-trip service between Istanbul (IST) and Madrid (MAD) on Sundays. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 10, 2019

Freighter distribution within the widebody fleet: Part II

Yesterday, we began a two-part look at the way the 1,109 widebody freighters currently in operation are distributed within the fleet by type (see part I). Today, we continue the analysis by turning the focus to distribution by manufacturer, operator type, and by geographical region. The table at right shows the distribution of widebody freighters […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 6, 2019

Freighter distribution within the widebody fleet: Part I

Last month, Cargo Facts presented a detailed analysis of the widebody freighter fleets of airlines worldwide. The analysis showed that between 2018 and 2019, the widebody freighter fleet expanded by 7.1% as carriers adjusted capacity to meet growing demand for air cargo. As of mid-January 2019, seventy-six airlines operated 1,109 widebody jet freighters in commercial service […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 5, 2019

Freighter fleet analysis part I: European metal

Were “innovation” to be defined by a cargo airline’s propensity to add the latest production and conversion freighter models, airlines in Europe would do quite well. Unfortunately, that remains a rather unconventional way to define innovation. Still, over the course of 2018, carriers with European Air Operator Certificates (AOC) have surfaced as early adopters of […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 6, 2018

The worldwide express fleet

Today, we begin a three-part analysis of the worldwide express freighter fleet. Over the next two days will look at the fleet on a company-by-company basis, and conclude with our thoughts on how the fleet will evolve in the future. But today we start with a look at the overall fleet of jet freighters used now […]
  • David Harris
  • April 15, 2015