AirBridgeCargo to become latest 777F operator?

On Aug. 17, a 777F in AirBridgeCargo (ABC) livery (66625) departed Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility and headed for Sharjah (SHJ), ahead of service entry with the carrier.   Once in service, the number of 777F operators will grow to nineteen. But will that number include ABC?  Despite having left PAE, a few regulatory hurdles remain on the path to service entry, and the carrier declined to provide a […]

Top 25 carrier rankings scrambled by fleet changes

While the mix of carriers in the top-five bracket remained the same in 2019, the order in which they are ranked looks very different compared to a year ago, thanks to changes to their freighter fleets.  In our list of Top 25 Carriers by total FTKs, the top five leaders collectively added a net of twenty-three freighters in 2019. The […]

Volga-Dnepr preps for 777F ops

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group has taken delivery of its first 777F (66625) from Boeing [FAT 005539]. Volga-Dnepr couldn’t confirm an exact date for the arrival of the aircraft at its hub in Moscow (SVO), but told Cargo Facts it could depart Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility as early as next week. The Russian group’s first 777F is […]

Does e-commerce fleet expansion signal the untapped potential of Russian market?

Alibaba’s e-commerce affiliate Cainiao has committed to prying open more airfreight links between its home market, China, and Russia, and will soon begin services with a newly delivered 757-200PCF (27051, ex-American Airlines) it is chartering from Aviastar-TU.  According to Cainiao, the recently placed 757-200PCF will start flying e-commerce shipments from China to Russia in August, adding to an already […]

Volga-Dnepr Group’s Tatyana Arslanova joins CFS speaker faculty

Cargo Facts is pleased to announce that Tatyana Arslanova, executive operating officer of the Volga-Dnepr Group, has joined the Cargo Facts Symposium 2020 speaker faculty. Arslanova will join other distinguished industry peers on a virtual roundtable session titled, “Refiling air cargo’s flight plan: Growth opportunities and obstacles in airfreight,” on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 11:45 […]

Boeing 747 production to end in 2022

Boeing today acknowledged a formal end date to 747 production. “We anticipate completing production for the iconic 747 in 2022,” said President and CEO Dave Calhoun during an earnings call with analysts.  Let it sink in for a moment. Yes, the writing has been on the wall for some time now as the temporary low-rate production of six units per year introduced in 2016 has become permanent. Boeing has since then acknowledged it would move to end production absent “sufficient orders.” But the can was kicked further down […]

New freighter additions spotted

Several widebody freighter aircraft poised to be added to operators’ fleets have been snapped by photographers around the world. First, it appears that Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group plans to add the 777F platform, after all. A 777F has been newly painted into AirBridgeCargo (ABC) colors at Boeing’s Everett (PAE) facility, as seen in this photo posted […]

In shuttering 747 program, Boeing shuns consortium’s proposal, Cargo Facts learns

Not only is Boeing abandoning the 747 platform, continuing its trend in recent years of turning away customers seeking to purchase the iconic widebody, the aerospace giant has also declined an offer to acquire the program, Cargo Facts has learned. Efforts to save the 747-8 have failed, requiring the air cargo industry to face the […]
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