Half-billion-dollar deal signals birth of new dirigibles era

When 17th century futurists imagined skylines teeming with dirigibles, they might have actually been on to something. But rather than ladies in hoop skirts pedaling across the Manhattan skyline on hybrid bicycle/balloon contraptions, the new Era of Airships 2.0 may look more like the one envisioned by Lockheed Martin, moving cargo instead of people. With […]

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 […]

AirBridgeCargo continues to shine

Solidifying its reputation as one of the fastest-growing air cargo carriers in the world, AirBridgeCargo had a strong November, with a 27 percent year-over-year tonnage gain, compared to the previous November. Last month, ABC transported more than 50,000 tonnes of cargo across its global network, which includes Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. For […]

ABC adds two 747-8s to its fleet

Russia-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) this week took delivery of two 747-8 freighters from Boeing. These are the first two 747-8Fs delivered to ABC under a Memorandum of Understanding for twenty of the type signed by ABC’s parent, the Volga-Dnepr Group (although  Boeing’s customer is US-based investment company,  which in turn has leased the freighters to AirBridge). […]

Qatar Cargo inaugurates charter 747F service

Qatar Airways Cargo added a 747-400BCF heavy cargo aircraft to its fleet, completing its first chartered-service flight from Doha to Hong Kong. The aircraft will be used for the charter transport of oversized freight, using both belly freight and maindeck cargo capacity, with 39 ULD positions. The pressurized cargo cabin of the freighter will allow […]

A Slim Fit: E-commerce and the narrowbody conversion boom

In recent years there has been a slimming down, as it were, regarding freighters – a turning away from the jumbo 747s and 777s and toward the squat 737s and svelte 757s. The e-commerce revolution, especially in Asia, requires smaller freighters to make more frequent stops. But because there are no current programs to build […]

Suppliers surface for a whale of an aircraft

As Airbus prepares for production of the Beluga XL, the latest update of the oversize air transporter, the manufacturer selected suppliers to build it at the Paris Air Show. The Beluga XL will eclipse the current Belugas with an additional one meter in width and six meters in length. This will allow the Beluga XL […]

Get ready for airship hybrids

To help address the problem of bringing heavy equipment into regions with poor infrastructure, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has been working on developing a hybrid airship for more than 20 years. This week, they have announced a breakthrough. Hybrid Enterprises, LLC, acting on Lockheed Martin’s behalf, announced at the Paris Air Show that it will be […]