More 747-8Fs for Silk Way

At the Caspian Air Cargo Summit in Baku yesterday, Jahangir Asgarov, President of Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), said that, in addition to an order for four 787 aircraft for his airline, state-owned Silk Way Airlines would order two more 747-8 freighters. Asgarov has been widely quoted in the Azeri media as saying “preparatory work for the […]
  • David Harris
  • October 11, 2017

Lockheed Martin books first firm order for the LM-100J

At the Paris Air Show, Lockheed Martin announced that it had received a firm order for five LM-100J transports from an unidentified customer. The LM-100J is the manufacturer’s new commercial version of the well-known Hercules military transport. The first LM-100J, which began its test flight program last month, is on display at the Paris Show. […]
  • David Harris
  • June 20, 2017

Jolly good show (for freighters)

The 2016 edition of the Farnborough Air Show saw a considerable reduction in orders compared to recent shows, but on the freighter side of things, there was plenty of good news. Seven customers signed orders for forty-two freighters/freighter conversions, and an eighth customer signed a commitment for two conversions. Volga-Dnepr Group firmed its previous MoU […]
  • David Harris
  • July 14, 2016

Out with the old & in with the new? Not so fast…

As we reported last week, 2015 was a strong year for new-build jet freighter orders. Today, we begin a two-part series in which we take stock of the overall state of the production freighter order books at Airbus and Boeing, and the state of the large widebody freighter fleet in general. We start with the “in […]
  • David Harris
  • January 12, 2016

After Paris, where are we?

With the Paris Air Show and its twenty-nine large widebody freighter orders and commitments behind us, now is a good time to take stock of the freighter order books at Airbus and Boeing, and the state of the large widebody freighter fleet in general. We start today with a look at the commercial jet freighters currently […]
  • David Harris
  • July 13, 2015

FedEx to place massive freighter order?

The  aviation news services are on fire with the story that FedEx is on the verge of placing a huge order with Boeing: Fifty 767-300Fs and ten 777Fs. But The Wall Street Journal, The Business Journal in many cities, Financials Trend, etc, are not publishing their own reports. Rather they are all quoting a single source: Leeham News […]
  • David Harris
  • July 9, 2015

Paris – a good show for freighters

In recent years, the world’s big air shows have not featured much interest in freighters, but things changed at this year’s Paris Air Show. The charts below summarize the 990 orders and commitments announced at the show for full-size commercial jets, regional jets, and turboprops. These include firm orders, letters of intent, and memoranda of understanding, […]
  • David Harris
  • June 18, 2015

Nine 777F orders on Paris Day One

Let the games begin! Day One of the Paris Air Show, and aircraft orders are pouring in. By the end of the day, thirteen airlines, five lessors, and one government had signed firm orders or letters of intent to purchase 407 commercial jets, regional jets, and turboprops. Of interest to the readers of Cargo Facts, […]
  • David Harris
  • June 15, 2015
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