A new 767 freighter mystery

On 30 March, Boeing booked an order for three 767-300 Freighters from “Unidentified Customer(s)”. The company didn’t publicly announce the order until two weeks later, and no one has since stepped up to say “It was us.” So who could it be? We don’t know, but we can offer up a few guesses. And, of […]
  • David Harris
  • April 18, 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

The narrowbody freighter fleet — Part I

Today we begin a three-part analysis of the worldwide fleet of narrowbody jet freighters with a look at the overall composition of the fleet – how many of the different types are in operation by which carriers. Tomorrow, in Part II, we will look at the seventeen (yes, seventeen) active conversion programs for the eight […]
  • David Harris
  • April 10, 2018

When business becomes too good

This week, UPS took delivery of a 747-8F from Boeing. This is the fifth 747-8F Boeing has delivered to UPS in just over six months, considerably boosting the company’s intercontinental capacity. And with twenty-three more of the jumbo freighters on order, all of which will be delivered in the next four years, it looks like […]
  • David Harris
  • April 6, 2018

The next big freighter?

What are the widebody freighter options going to be five years from now? As things stand today, those options look to be diminishing rapidly. There are currently four active production freighter programs: Airbus offers the A330-200F, while Boeing offers the 767-300F, 777F and 747-8F. But not only is the clock ticking on all four of […]
  • David Harris
  • March 22, 2018

UPS sues the European Commission for US$2.15 billion

US-based integrated express company UPS filed a lawsuit with the European Union’s General Court, seeking compensation for the European Commission’s 2013 decision to prevent UPS from taking over TNT. At that time, the Commission ruled that a UPS takeover of TNT could lead to a UPS/DHL duopoly in the package delivery business in parts of […]
  • David Harris
  • February 26, 2018

A 747-8F arithmetic lesson

The first lessons in arithmetic most of us received involved apples. You probably remember something like this: “If you have three apples, and give one to me, how many apples are left?” If you answered “Two,” you received a gold star. But, as the lessons progressed, the gold stars became more difficult to win. “If […]
  • David Harris
  • February 23, 2018

Freighter Aircraft Transactions through mid-February

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
  • February 19, 2018
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