Saudia 747-8Fs idled during height of crisis

Saudia Cargo is looking to shed its pair of 747-8Fs, Cargo Facts has learned. Meanwhile, during the unprecedented cargo capacity crunch brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, almost half of the carrier’s freighter fleet is currently inactive. The seven-year-old 747-8Fs (37562 and 37563) have both been parked in Jeddah (JED) since January 2020. In fact, […]

Boeing nabs freighter-only orders in May

Boeing secured firm orders for only nine aircraft in May, all relating to freighters, according to the planemaker’s orders and deliveries tally for the month. With the update, Boeing confirmed suspicions that UPS is the customer for a hotly contested 747-8F (63784) originally ordered by the Volga-Dnepr Group. FedEx also upped its official 767-300F backlog […]

Air Atlanta Icelandic looks to 777 platform

Air Atlanta Icelandic could soon be adding 777s to the list of aircraft it operates. The Iceland-based carrier has begun recruiting 777 type-rated captains and first officers through Confair, a Dutch recruitment agency for cockpit crew, flight attendants and technical maintenance personnel. According to the job description, this new batch of pilots will be based […]

Freighter aircraft transactions through January 2018

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 available to […]

Saudia Cargo reactivates four 777Fs

Last week we reported that Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways had parked all five of its A330-200Fs at the end of 2017. At first glance, this did not significantly change the main-deck capacity offered by the Middle East’s four major carriers, because it came just after Saudia reactivated its four owned 777Fs – which had been […]

World’s Top 50 Cargo Airports — Part I

According to data supplied by the Airports Council International (ACI), airports worldwide handled a total of 103.1 million tonnes of freight (not including mail) in 2016, up 4.0% over the 2015 total. Of the almost 2,500 ACI member airports, 1,600 reported handling some freight, with the fifty busiest airports handling 69.1 million tonnes, 67.1% of […]

Strong cargo growth at Emirates

United Arab Emirates-based carrier Emirates reported net profit up 56% to a record US$1.9 billion in its recently completed 2015/16 fiscal year, with a strong contribution from cargo operations. As has been the case with many airlines in a year of falling fuel surcharges, cargo revenue declined (down 9% to US$ 3.0 billion), but still accounted […]
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