767 transactions dominate July Freighter Aircraft Transactions

Of the 51 freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) recorded in July 2019, 35% involved 767s, the workhorse for domestic express and e-commerce in the United States, and increasingly, globally. Both production freighters and conversions saw an uptick in activity for the month with deliveries of two new-build 767Fs, one each to US-based integrators FedEx and UPS. […]

Freighter fleet growth pushes Atlas, Qatar and Turkish higher in 2018 traffic rankings

Yesterday, part I of our two-part analysis of the world's top 50 cargo carriers in 2018 revealed three carriers, Atlas Air Group, Qatar Airways and Turkish Cargo, that had made notable increases in rank among the top 50. For each of the three carriers, a growing freighter fleet led to higher traffic. Today, we take […]

22 of top 25 cargo carriers operated freighters in 2018

Among the world’s top twenty-five cargo carriers in 2018, ranked by freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) carried, twenty-two of twenty-five carriers operated freighters. Expand the list to the top fifty cargo airlines and thirty-three carriers operated freighters. The remaining 34%, mostly comprised of mainline carriers with large widebody passenger fleets, made the list without significant maindeck […]

Qatar Airways takes delivery of 17th 777F, aims for 21 by year end

After completing a series of flight tests around Boeing’s Everett, WA factory last week, a 777F (66335) has just minutes ago departed Everett’s Paine Field (PAE) for Doha, Qatar (DOH) on delivery to Qatar Airways [FAT 005075]. The carrier has also accelerated delivery plans for four outstanding 777Fs on firm order with Boeing and expects […]

Sichuan Airlines to launch freighter operations in October

Sichuan Airlines plans to commence scheduled operations with its A330Fs in October, with Brussels (BRU), Chennai (MAA) and Delhi (DEL) expected to be the first three destinations, the carrier told Cargo Facts. The Chengdu (CTU)-based airline took delivery of its first A330-200F (1350, ex-Qatar Airways) from BOC Aviation late last week [FAT 005047], and told […]

737-800BCF shines at the 2019 Paris Air Show

Now that the Paris Air Show 2019 is over, Cargo Facts is encouraged to see that, apart from the usual flurry of orders for passenger aircraft, the freighter market also appears to have received some healthy interest. Here’s a recap of freighter deals that were signed last week. GECAS converted ten of its fifteen previous […]

Sichuan Airlines postpones launch of freighter operations

  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 6, 2019
  • Carriers
Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines plans to put its first A330-200F into commercial service by September, the carrier tells Cargo Facts. Originally, the carrier had planned to launch thrice-weekly flights between Chengdu Airport (CTU) and Brussels Airport (BRU) by the end of April. Even though the carrier has registered its first aircraft (1406, ex-Qatar Airways) on lease […]
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