777-300ER dominates passenger-freighter fleet

The number of passenger aircraft that have been used as freighters on cargo-only flights and recorded by Cargo Facts in our recently launched passenger-freighter database has now surpassed 1,000. While the type of operation varies widely, from one-off charters to regularly scheduled networks, the sheer scale of the utilization is unprecedented, much like the impact […]

767F takes the back seat, 777F leads widebody fleet expansion

Although 2019 was a year in which we saw air cargo volumes decline year over year consistently and consecutively, the overall number of in-service widebody freighter aircraft still managed to grow. In mid-January 2020, we tallied 1,176 widebody jet freighters in commercial service worldwide, with seventy-eight carriers. This represents an increase of fifty-two aircraft, or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
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