Cargo Facts Asia: SF Airlines targeting 100 large freighters by 2022

SHANGHAI – China’s fastest-growing express carrier, SF Express, is planning to grow its widebody freighter fleet from just eight units today to more than 100 by 2022, according to remarks from George Li, VP, SF Express, during a presentation this morning at Cargo Facts Asia.   The expanded freighter fleet will play into SF’s three-tier aviation […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • April 17, 2019

Far from stellar, Lufthansa Cargo questions if 2019 will be a normal year, or a crisis year

FRANKFURT, Germany – After two stellar years of growth for air freight, increasing trade friction is making Lufthansa Cargo feel more cautious about its outlook for 2019. Long-term, however, the German combination carrier maintains a positive outlook and continues to invest in its freighter fleet and cargo infrastructure. At its annual press conference in Frankfurt […]
  • Frederic Horst
  • March 18, 2019

European metal part II: Twin-aisle, remove the aisle

Yesterday, part I of “European metal” provided an overview of the narrowbody jet freighter fleet in service with European operators. Part II continues with an overview of the region’s widebody freighter fleet. Turning now to the widebody freighter fleet in service with European carriers, the region is home to approximately one-fifth of the global freighter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 7, 2018

5 idled 747-400Fs most likely to return to service

Earlier this month, Alan Hedge, senior director, Cargo Facts Consulting, provided a census of the stored 747-400F fleet and found a total of eleven factory built 747-400Fs under the age of 20 years (you can read that analysis here). After going through the list on an aircraft-by-aircraft basis, Cargo Facts has identified the top-five parked 747-400Fs […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • August 30, 2018

The distribution of widebody freighters

Last month, we presented a detailed multi-part analysis of the widebody freighter fleets of airlines worldwide. That analysis (available here) showed that, as of the end of January 2018, seventy-three airlines operated 1,035 widebody jet freighters in commercial service, with 122 more widebody production freighters on order. While the number of freighters increased slightly over […]
  • David Harris
  • March 5, 2018

E-commerce drives expansion of express fleets worldwide

Today we begin a three-part analysis of the jet freighter fleets of express companies worldwide. We start with some background, and then a look some of the smaller (and perhaps more interesting) companies. Tomorrow and the day after, we’ll look at the big boys, and conclude with a look into the future. At the end of […]
  • David Harris
  • April 12, 2017