Farnborough Airshow order recap

Both Airbus and Boeing fared well at this year’s Farnborough Airshow, with Boeing announcing 673 orders and commitments during the show, and Airbus announcing 93 firm orders and 338 MoUs during last week’s show. For an in-depth look at orders by customer, and aircraft type,  here’s an analysis from our sister publication, Cargo Facts:  Farnborough 2018: widebody […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 26, 2018

Thar she blows! Airbus unveils first BelugaXL

If the nickname “Beluga” was not enough to conjure images of whales in the sky, employees at Airbus have made the connection even more obvious with the latest livery on its new A330-200F BelugaXL aircraft. The cetacean grin was favored by 40 percent of the Airbus employees in a company-wide contest to create a new […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 29, 2018

Singapore Air Show: Drone tech is ready, but are we?

SINGAPORE—Alongside announcements of new freighter conversion orders and rumors of aircraft orders, the Singapore Air Show’s approach to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in airfreight service focused on the long-term promise of technology that may take time to pay off, but has the potential to remake the industry once it does – if the industry can […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 7, 2018

Turkish Airlines orders 3 more 777 freighters from Boeing

Turkish Airlines ordered three additional 777 freighters from Boeing, only weeks after the carrier took delivery of its first two 777Fs last month – suggesting that chief cargo officer Turhan Ozen is serious about expanding the carrier’s cargo business and ranking among the top five cargo players globally by 2023. "These freighter orders will surely […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 10, 2018

DHL takes delivery of first A330-300 P2F in time for holiday surge

There’s been a flurry of aircraft-related news from the integrators’ corner of the airfreight industry in the last few days and, not to be left out, DHL Express said that it has taken delivery of the first A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW). DHL Express is the first A330-300 P2F customer. The […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 5, 2017

CNS: Are bellyholds on track for an e-commerce shakeup?

ORLANDO -- Airbus and Boeing have notably different ideas about what sorts of aircraft will be plying the airways twenty years from now, and this “great freighter debate” hinges on what the broader economy will look like in 2035. The important questions are, what role will bellyhold capacity play in e-commerce, and further ahead, will […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 3, 2017

Cathay moves forward on layoffs as economy slows

The recent turbulence at Cathay Pacific may have implications for airfreight, as Asia’s biggest cargo carrier announces layoffs and cost-cutting actions to accommodate what it’s CEO, Ivan Chu, termed the “new normal.” Following a meeting of the carrier’s leadership, the Hong Kong-based carrier made an announcement that, “some jobs will no longer be needed.” By […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 20, 2017

Airbus 20-year forecast predicts massive shift in freighter demand

Airbus has drastically drawn down the number of dedicated freighters it anticipates being in service 20 years hence, according to its recently released “Global Market Forecast, 2016-2035.” The disparity is remarkable, both terms of number of aircraft and the shift in the market that it signals over the next two decades. While last year’s global […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 13, 2016

Qatar Airways spurns Airbus, flirts with Boeing, buys into LATAM

Qatar Airways is having a busy week, as the Gulf-based carrier continues to grab the aviation sector’s attention at the Farnborough Airshow in the U.K. In addition to releasing its financials for the first time in a bid to suppress allegations of opacity and unfair subsidies, the carrier also signed an agreement today to buy […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 12, 2016

Etihad Cargo offers freight discounts to fly cars

When the weather becomes unbearably hot in the Gulf, the world’s most expensive luxury cars, bearing Arabic-language license plates, start appearing in front of luxury stores in London and other major European cities. For these jetsetters with a penchant for navigating foreign motorways in their favorite luxury cars, relief is now in sight. Etihad Cargo […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 6, 2016

Li to fly: Lithium-ion batteries back on A350-900

Following extensive safety reviews precipitated by lithium ion battery fires that grounded the 787-8 in 2013, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will now allow the batteries back on board the A350-900 for use as a backup power source. Airbus maintains that its own lithium-ion architecture is different from that used by Boeing. Gordon McConnell, the […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 1, 2016

EFW now a subsidiary of ST Aerospace

Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd. (ST Aerospace) has purchased an additional 20 percent equity in Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), which makes EFW a subsidiary of the former. ST Aerospace now owns 55 percent of the shares, with Airbus Defense and Space (Airbus) holding the balance of 45 percent. Airbus, EFW and ST Aero began collaboration in June […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 1, 2016

Iran Air makes post-sanction Airbus purchase

After being forced out of the aviation arena for nearly four decades due to United Nations sanctions, Iran Air has made a bold statement with an order for 118 Airbus aircraft, now that sanctions have been lifted from the government of its home country. Some press reports said the country may be in need of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 29, 2016

Ryukyu Air takes delivery of first Q400 combi

Ryukyu Air Commuter (RAC), a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, has become the first customer to take delivery of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s Q400 turboprop combi, the first of five ordered by RAC. The cargo-passenger configuration was first revealed at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow. Takashi Irei, president of RAC, said the Q400 is well-suited to delivery cargo […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 6, 2016
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