A380 fades as Boeing celebrates the 747’s Golden Anniversary [VIDEO]

It’s been a bittersweet week for the jumbo-jet industry. Soon after Boeing celebrated the 50th anniversary of its iconic 747, Airbus announced that production of its ambitious, double-decker passenger behemoth, the A380, will be halted in 2021, due to a sharp decline in new orders. The A380’s largest customer, Emirates, said it will slash its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 15, 2019

CFS 2018: Adding a new freighter platform: how hard is it? [VIDEO]

Did you miss Cargo Facts Symposium 2018? Watch one of our favorite moments: Bob Convey, senior VP of sales, and marketing at AEI and Peter Koster, business development director of Vallair answer the question: “How hard is it to make the switch from operating Boeing aircraft to Airbus aircraft?” during Panel 6, Big doors, new […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 26, 2018

TACF 2018: Boeing says global freight demand will double by 2037

TORONTO – In a report released here yesterday at the TIACA Air Cargo Forum, Boeing said it expects the global demand for airfreight will double over the next two decades, averaging about 4.2 percent annual growth over that period – a figure that brings the market closer to its pre-recession average of 5 percent growth […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 17, 2018

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

Boeing shows off its own heavy-lift Mars rocket [VIDEO]

Last month, when Elon Musk launched the Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying his own Tesla roadster, it was a great moment for not just space exploration, but also for private enterprise and the advancement of the cargo industry. The spotlight was all on Musk and his amazing vision — but the spotlight is not his forever. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 2, 2018

UPS launches longest-ever scheduled flight from Louisville to Dubai, using 747-8F [VIDEO]

At approximately 12,400 kilometers, UPS’ new Louisville-Dubai route is the longest regularly-scheduled flight UPS has ever operated, thanks to its fleet of new long-range 747-8 freighters. The daily nonstop flight, from UPS’ global air hub in Louisville, U.S., to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will cut time-in-transit from North and South America to […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 5, 2018

Boeing’s cargo UAV a shot in the arm for drone delivery market [VIDEO]

A working prototype cargo drone unveiled today by Boeing marks the entry of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer into the unmanned electric air cargo air vehicle space. While analysts have predicted for some time now that drones are on course to transform the logistics sector, Boeing’s additional aerospace muscle represents a seismic shakeup of the […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 11, 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

75th Anniversary Snapshot: Long live the ‘Queen of the Skies’

Being so much bigger than any other commercial airliner that had flown before it, the 747 still turns heads today, nearly 50 years after it took its first flight. The team that designed and built the world’s first jumbo jet at Boeing were nicknamed “The Incredibles,” not only for the sheer audacity of the vision […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 8, 2017

GECAS acquires 747-8 on lease to AirBridgeCargo

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) added a 747-8 freighter to its fleet through an acquisition from Boeing’s aircraft leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corp. The aircraft was on lease to Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo as the fifth 747-8F of 20 aircraft that ABC’s parent, Volga-Dnepr Group, agreed to take delivery of, according to the terms of a 2015 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 12, 2017

American Airlines hosts hub tours for National Aviation Day

In celebration of National Aviation Day tomorrow, American Airlines is hosting tours of its hubs around the world, offering behind-the-scenes looks at aircraft, training equipment and cargo handling. On the eve of #NationalAviationDay, we're celebrating w/ @AirlineGeeks across the globe w/ hub tours. Join us by following #AAviationDay! pic.twitter.com/q2ESeMXQbX — American Airlines (@AmericanAir) August 18, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 18, 2017

Boeing, FedEx to test fuel-saving tech with ‘ecoDemonstrator’ aircraft

Airfreight is notorious for being one of most polluting modes of transportation, so news that Boeing and FedEx Express are teaming up to test fuel-saving technology is welcome news in an industry that has been slow to adapt. As part of the 38-year-old “ecoDemonstrator” program, Boeing will install experimental technology on a FedEx 777F to […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 6, 2017

UPS, Boeing confirm three passenger-to-freighter 767-300 conversion deal

At the 2017 Paris Air Show yesterday, UPS and Boeing officially announced a passenger-to-freighter conversion deal involving three 767-300 aircraft. The agreement underscored the demand for P-to-F conversions, with FedEx and the U.S. Airforce having booked out production freighter slots well into the future.  In its annual forecast, Boeing said worldwide demand for maindeck lift […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 20, 2017

CargoLogicAir takes delivery of third 747 freighter

After less than 18 months of operation, CargoLogicAir (CLA) has taken delivery of its third 747 freighter, growing the fledgling all-cargo airline’s fleet to two 747-400Fs and a new generation 747-8F. The London Stansted Airport-based airline, received its U.K. air operator certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority at the start of 2016, and works in […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 4, 2017
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