10 carriers where cargo contributes the most

Between 2018 and 2019, the contribution of cargo to a combination carrier’s top line decreased almost unanimously as the airfreight market entered cool-down mode after a multi-year growth streak. With the exception of Qatar Airways, all of the top-ten carriers by cargo revenue contribution saw cargo play a reduced or unchanged role in 2019. With […]

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 […]

‘COVID-19 freighter fleet’ tops 350

The number of aircraft that carriers have operated for the sole purpose of transporting cargo during the COVID-19 crisis has more than doubled in the past two weeks to more than 350, based on analysis by Cargo Facts. See also: 130+ passenger aircraft added to ‘COVID-19 freighter fleet’ The nature of these makeshift freighter operations […]

CF EMEA: Striving for freighter-to-belly balance

FRANKFURT — Turkish Airlines, which has a freighter fleet of ten A330-200Fs and seven 777Fs, took its seventh 777F in January and has one more unit on firm order for delivery in a month or so. The carrier also has an overall fleet of around 300 aircraft, including more than 100 widebody aircraft with cargo-friendly […]

CF EMEA 2020: Carriers look to innovate

FRANKFURT – Carriers in the EMEA region continue to invest in innovating air cargo through new technologies, as evidenced when attendees gathered this week at the Westin Grand in Frankfurt, Germany, for the second edition of the Cargo Facts EMEA event. Turhan Ozen, chief cargo officer for Turkish Airlines, said the carrier is close to trialing […]

Turkish Cargo continues to grow fleet

Turkish Cargo took delivery of a production freighter from Boeing on Jan. 23 (64240) [FAT 005297]. Since adding its first 777F in December 2017, the cargo arm of Turkish Airlines has rapidly grown its 777F fleet to seven units. Although both Qatar Airways and FedEx added more 777Fs than Turkish Cargo during the same period […]

European freighter fleet analysis (Part II): 777F on the rise

This is the second part of our analysis of the European jet freighter fleet. Last week, we looked at narrowbodies in Part I. Turning to the widebody jet freighter fleet operated by European carriers, the chart shows that the total number increased 8.3% since last year to 209 units. Notably, the overall number of 747-400Fs […]

September 2019 general cargo demand: generally dismal

Although some Asia-based carriers saw improvements in September 2019 cargo demand compared to August, almost unanimously, cargo traffic reported by combination carriers was lower in September 2019. This was no surprise given market performance for much of 2019 as air freight demand responds to slowing global trade related to increasing protectionism and trade friction, and […]
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