Around the world in 66 hours

In this week’s issue of Cargo Facts Update, we published a brief note describing the belt-tightening measures Lufthansa Cargo will undertake following three difficult quarters in 2015. That note is included at the end of this post, and we will expand on Lufthansa’s plans at the beginning of next week (including some interesting thoughts from cargo boss […]

After Paris II – The changing fleet

Yesterday we looked at orders deliveries and backlogs for the four commercial jet freighters currently offered by Airbus and Boeing. Today we turn our attention to the state of the large widebody freighter fleet as a whole, asking how the entry into service of the current generation of large freighters – and the demand growth seen […]

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 […]

Finnair exits the long-haul freighter market

Finnair Cargo, the cargo arm of Helsinki-based Finnair, will end its long-haul freighter operations effective late December and from that time on rely exclusively on the belly capacity of its rapidly-expanding long-haul passenger fleet. In 2011 the Finnair Group took a 40% stake in startup carrier Nordic Global Airlines, and moved Finnair Cargo’s two MD-11Fs […]

Western Global acquires another MD-11F

US-based startup all-cargo operator Western Global Airlines acquired another MD-11F (48545, ex-China Cargo Airlines) on lease from Neff Air. Western Global received its Air Operator Certificate in August and has now begun flying, operating an MD-11F (48435) for sister company Nordic Global Airline. It also has a third MD-11 freighter (48415) which, like the other two, […]

Martinair to get the chop? All eyes on Amsterdam…

Update with breaking news: Our guess, and the rumors reported below, turns out to be correct. Following the extraordinary Board meeting in Amsterdam today, Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac announced that the carrier would “accelerate the retirement” of many of its freighters, reducing the fleet from fourteen units today, to just five – two 777Fs […]

Global Associated Aviation (or: Son of Avient)

The tangled lineage of companies descended from Avient Aviation just became even more tangled, with the announcement by the directors of Zimbabwe-registered AV Cargo that they had formed a new company, Global Associated Aviation Ltd, to offer a single MD-11F for short-term ACMI contracts. To make sense of this, one needs to go back several […]
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