Boeing unveils its answer to last-mile deliveries with UAV prototype [VIDEO]

This week, Boeing unveiled and completed initial flight tests of its fully-functional unmanned cargo aerial vehicle (CAV) prototype; the first of its kind for the aerospace goliath. Although analysts have long predicted that drones were on course to transform the logistics sector, the larger issue has been receiving operational clearance from regulators. Boeing’s experience in […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 12, 2018

Disappearing production freighter orders — Part II

Yesterday, we began this two-part analysis of the production jet freighter market in 2017 with an overview of orders and deliveries, our thoughts on why orders have all but disappeared, and when they might return. Today we conclude it with a close-up look at each of the four types currently on offer,  the carriers that ordered […]
  • David Harris
  • January 11, 2018

Production freighter orders disappear in 2017

Today we begin a two-part summary of the production freighter market in 2017 with an overview of orders and deliveries, our thoughts on why orders have all but disappeared, and when they might return. 2017 was the best year in a long time for the air freight industry. Full-year data is not yet available, but […]
  • David Harris
  • January 10, 2018

New and converted freighter orders to start the year

With 2018 barely over one week old, we can already report freighter orders from two airlines. First, Boeing has now confirmed that Turkish Airlines placed an order for three 777Fs. 2017 was the best year in a long time for the air freight industry, but despite the growth in 2017, and optimism about demand in […]
  • David Harris
  • January 9, 2018

China’s domestic cargo traffic rose only slightly in 2017

During the final week of 2017, Feng Zhenglin, the director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China told delegates at a conference in Beijing that the CAAC estimated air cargo volumes carried by China-based carriers rose 6.6% y-o-y in 2017, to 7.12 million tonnes, according to a report in Xinhua. Although there was no mention […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 8, 2018

YTO Airlines adds first 757F, introduces new livery

In mid-2017, Hangzhou-based YTO Airlines announced it would add its first 757-200PCF to its fleet before the year’s end. Although some were doubtful of the redelivery timeline, the aircraft (29217, ex-China Southern) was inducted for conversion by Precision Aircraft Solutions at the HAECO facility in Xiamen in 4Q17, and was redelivered during the last week […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 4, 2018

10 most-read stories on CargoFacts in 2017

With 2017 now in the history books, we take a look at the stories that drew the most attention from our readers in a year that turned out to be one of the best ever for our industry. 10: More Freighter Orders for Boeing. Despite the ever-increasing demand for air freight over the last two […]
  • David Harris
  • December 29, 2017

Taobao’s hidden air cargo connections

Retail spending through online channels continues to surge in most markets around the globe. This has made it easy to identify the role of air freight in replenishing inventories and in supporting expedited deliveries. But in recent weeks, Taobao, one of China-based Alibaba’s online shopping platforms, has been auctioning-off more than just commodities that demand […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 26, 2017
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