Cargo Facts 2018: The peak marches on

SAN DIEGO–Following air freight’s stellar performance in 2017 and the ongoing growth so far in 2018, industry organizations have expressed concerns about the slower rate of growth in recent months, as well as the impacts of a global trade war on the air cargo market. Not the panelists at today’s Cargo Facts Symposium here, however. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 11, 2018

Freighter aircraft transactions through the end of September

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 9, 2018

Farnborough 2018: widebody freighters, narrowbody pax

As has been the trend since last year’s Paris Air Show, headliner orders for large widebody passenger aircraft were once again absent. Deals involving narrowbody passenger jets and widebody freighters meanwhile, dominated the show. Also popular this year, were more opaque deals from unidentified customers. Orders for 325 aircraft were placed by unidentified carriers and […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 25, 2018

Freighter aircraft transactions through mid-April

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]
  • David Harris
  • April 13, 2018

Breaking news: Qatar signs LOI for five more 777Fs

Qatar Airways today signed a Letter of Intent with Boeing to purchase five 777 Freighters. Assuming the order is finalized, Qatar Airways may become the operator of the world’s largest jet freighter fleet outside the big express companies. The carrier currently operates two 747-8Fs, thirteen 777Fs, and eight A330-200Fs. It also has three more 777Fs […]
  • David Harris
  • April 10, 2018

Disappearing production freighter orders — Part II

Yesterday, we began this two-part analysis of the production jet freighter market in 2017 with an overview of orders and deliveries, our thoughts on why orders have all but disappeared, and when they might return. Today we conclude it with a close-up look at each of the four types currently on offer,  the carriers that ordered […]
  • David Harris
  • January 11, 2018

Qatar Airways takes delivery of first 747-8F, reveals orders for 777Fs

SEATTLE – Yesterday, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways was onsite at Boeing’s Delivery Center in Everett, WA to celebrate the handover of Qatar Airways Cargo’s maiden 747-8F (63199). The delivery of a second 140-tonne capacity nose-loading freighter is expected in November, and beyond that,  QR Cargo’s rapidly growing freighter fleet will […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 26, 2017

The world’s top 50 cargo carriers

A year ago, when we looked at the top cargo carriers of 2015, we focused on Emirates’ rapid rise from nowhere to become a powerhouse that dominated the international air freight market. But Emirates does not carry domestic cargo, and FedEx, as it had done for many years, combined its massive US domestic traffic with […]
  • David Harris
  • August 8, 2017

Moscow: the rising cargo hub

The first quarter of 2017 was almost universally a solid quarter for air freight, but if carriers from one region stood-out, it might just be those based in Moscow. Recent reports of high double-digit traffic growth figures are almost reminiscent of those seen during the heydays of the Gulf Carriers, just a few years ago. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 31, 2017

The A350 brings yet more belly capacity

Last year, when the first A350-900 entered service with Qatar Airways, it received attention for the contributions the aircraft would make to the passenger experience. Comfort aside, however, Qatar Airways’ Chief Officer Cargo Uli Ogiermann tells Cargo Facts the A350 is fitting in well on his side of the company. “From a cargo perspective, we […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 13, 2016
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