The regional freighter fleet in 2018

Today we begin a multi-part analysis of the worldwide fleet of regional freighter aircraft in commercial service, beginning with some background information and then breaking down the fleet by type and operator. This year, we are expanding our traditional turboprop freighter fleet analysis to include two small jet aircraft that play a role in the […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 12, 2018

TABY begins Saab conversions

Scotland-based regional carrier Loganair awarded a contract to Sweden-based Täby Air Maintenance (TAM) for the conversion of two Saab 340B passenger aircraft to freighter configuration. Conversion will take place at TAM’s Örebro facility, where the first unit [187, ex-Aerolitoral] has already been inducted, and is expected to be redelivered this month. A second 340B freighter […]
  • David Harris
  • January 10, 2017

B/E Aerospace to lead large-door Q300 conversion program

Early this year we broke the news that Bombardier, in cooperation with Canada-based Air Inuit, was launching a large-door passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the Q300 turboprop. At that time, Bombardier said:  “In support of this conversion, a new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) will be developed under license by a specialized third party entity.” Seven months […]
  • David Harris
  • October 6, 2016

IPR redelivers its first large-door ATR72 converted freighter

Switzerland-based IPR Conversions redelivered an ATR72-202F to Canada’s Summit Air following conversion to large cargo door configuration. This redelivery is something of a milestone not just for IPR and Summit, but for the air freight and express industry as well. In 2002, ATR began offering passenger-to-freighter conversion of ATR42 and ATR72 turboprop aircraft through Alenia […]
  • David Harris
  • August 25, 2016

PNG Air takes first ATR 72 combi

Papua New Guinea-based PNG Air (formerly Airlines PNG) took delivery of an ATR 72-600 Combi from ATR. The carrier is scheduled to take delivery of one more ATR 72-600 this year, three in 2016, and two more in 2017. PNG Air is the launch customer for the ATR 72 Combi, and its eight-unit ATR 72 […]
  • David Harris
  • November 13, 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

Demand for turboprop freighters stalls

As package volumes declined in Europe and North America during the recession of 2008/2009, the big express companies cut off the expansion of their feeder freighter fleets. This ended several years of strong growth in the number of turboprop freighters in the 4-to-9 tonne payload category operated worldwide, and in 2008 the fleet actually shrank […]
  • David Harris
  • May 29, 2014