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Airline Adviser Press Release

Summer of 2017 weather wise has not been good for U.S.  or other parts of the world. We at airline adviser have been around for years and prior to this company being founded have years and years of experience in both aviation and fire rescue.

Many of our updates and re design projects got postponed due to many events beyond our control. We are here for the longevity and continue serving both the flying public and industry. There will be many improvements and changes to be made as we move forward. Thank you to millions of viewers were not going away were here to help you. No dates for changes but as storms have taken away from our business we plan to regroup like many airlines. We just got our services back as we pray for those who are hardest hit including those from earlier Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Millions from Leeward Islands and other islands including Puerto Rico are bracing for another powerful Hurricane Maria. There is without a doubt a serious global warming effect that many can no longer deny. Great warmth of the Atlantic Ocean is one of many causes of these multiple Hurricanes.

Last but not least the airline industry needs to pay attention this as more rough air and turbulence affecting air travel this year is another sign of global warming worldwide.  Please stay safe.

Airline Adviser 09/18/17
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Ethiopian Airlines Order Two 777 Freighters

LE BOURGET, France, PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Ethiopian Airlines announced a commitment to purchase two 777 Freighters at the 2017 Paris Air Show, valued at $651.4 million at list prices. The order will be reflected on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website once it has been finalized.

The airline also announced an order for 10 additional 737 MAX 8 airplanes, exercising options from their 2014 order, which was the largest for the 737 MAX in Africa. Ethiopian now has firm orders for 30 737 MAX 8s.

"Building one of the largest cargo terminals in the world and operating new-generation, high-performance aircraft reflects our commitment in expanding and supporting the exponentially growing imports and exports of our country in particular and the African continent in general. The commitment to purchase two 777 Freighters is expected to boost the Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services," said Tewolde GebreMariam, GCEO of Ethiopian Airlines. "The 737 MAX will form a key component of our strategic roadmap, vision 2025, enhancing our single-aisle fleet and keeping us at the forefront of African aviation. This is a continuation of the longstanding and commendable business partnership we had established with Boeing."

The 777 Freighter, the world's longest-range twin-engine freighter, is based on the technologically advanced 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane and can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg).

Ethiopian Airlines is the flag carrier of Ethiopia. During the past seventy plus years, Ethiopian has become one of the continent's leading carriers, unrivalled in Africa for efficiency and operational success, turning profits for almost all the years of its existence.

Operating at the forefront of technology, the airline has also become one of Ethiopia's major industries and a veritable institution in Africa. It commands a lion's share of the pan African network including the daily and double daily east-west flight across the continent. Ethiopian currently serves 100 international and 21 domestic destinations operating the newest and youngest fleet.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 06/26/17
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UPS Announce Agreement for 767 Passengers to Freighter Conversions


Courtesy Boeing

LE BOURGET, France, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and UPS [NYSE: UPS] announced an order at the 2017 Paris Air Show today to convert three 767 passenger airplanes into Boeing Converted Freighters.

"The purchase and conversion of these 767s is a perfect example of how UPS is making smart investments to fuel profitable growth," said UPS Airlines President Brendan Canavan. "This extension of our relationship with Boeing will help expand the safe, reliable and on-time services we provide for our customers all over the world."

UPS and Boeing have collaborated on airlift since 1981, when UPS purchased its first 727s to begin its Next Day Air operation, and the transportation giant was Boeing's launch customer for the 767 freighter in 1995. Through its freighter conversion program, Boeing transitions passenger airplanes into freighters, extending the economic life of the airplane.

Boeing's current market outlook forecasts a need for 400 wide body conversions over the next two decades, with strong demand for 767 freighter conversions due to a rise in e-commerce and the express market.

UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. UPS operates 184 Boeing aircraft. In October, 2016 UPS announced the purchase of 14 747-8 Freighters, with options to purchase 14 additional aircraft.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 06/19/17
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UPS Announce Order for 14 747-8 Freighters


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EVERETT, Wash / Boeing [NYSE: BA] and UPS [NYSE: UPS] announced an order for 14 747-8 Freighters. The agreement also includes an option to purchase an additional 14 of the cargo airplanes. 

“These aircraft are a strategic investment for increased capacity for UPS customers around the globe,” said Brendan Canavan, president, UPS Airlines. “The 747-8 will allow UPS to upsize our network in both new and existing markets.”  UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide

The 747-8 Freighter is the world’s most efficient freighter, providing cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter on the market. With its iconic nose door, the airplane has 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400F. The airplane also reduces the noise footprint around an airport by 30 percent compared to its predecessor.

With 109 747-8 passenger and freighter airplanes delivered to customers around the globe, the fleet is performing with the highest dispatch reliability and utilization of any four-engine airplane in service.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 11/01/16
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Boeing Announces 10 New Orders for Converted Freighters

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced 10 new orders and commitments today at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow for its Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) program.

Cargo Air, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Lineas Aereas Suramericanas (LAS) Cargo, based in Bogota, Colombia, will each receive two 737-800BCFs. Air Algerie, based in Algiers, Algeria, signed a commitment for two 737-800BCFs. An unidentified customer ordered four 767BCFs.

"We have received very positive response from the market for Boeing's 737-800 and 767 freighter conversion programs," said Rick Anderson, vice president of sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services

Boeing has won 22 firm orders for the 767BCF and up to 59 orders and commitments from customers around the globe for the 737-800BCF. Both models meet the demand for freighters to support the express cargo market.

Boeing launched the 737-800BCF program in February in response to this demand. Airplanes will be modified into freighters at select facilities located near conversion demand, including Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services. The first 737-800BCF is expected to deliver in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 07/13/16
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Volga-Dnepr Group Acquisition of 20 747-8 Freighters to Grow


Courtesy Boeing

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Volga-Dnepr Group, a leader in transportation of unique, outsize and heavy cargo, announced today at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow finalization of terms for the acquisition of 20 747-8 Freighters, which includes four aircraft that have already been delivered.

Boeing also signed an agreement with the Group's subsidiaries AirBridge Cargo Airlines and Volga-Dnepr Airlines to provide long-term logistics support for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and its partners using Boeing 747-8 and Antonov 124-100 freighters. Boeing and Volga-Dnepr Group will also enter into an agreement to look at future services opportunities.

"Volga-Dnepr intends to provide strong evidence to the market that the unique An-124 and Boeing 747-8 four-engine freighters are still essential to serve the fast-changing requirements of our customers worldwide," said Alexey Isaykin, President of Volga-Dnepr Group. "The most obvious proof of this is the high demand for Boeing 747-8 and Аn-124 freighters from customers in the aerospace industry, which today represents 30 percent of our overall operations.

Volga-Dnepr Group was the first to order the Boeing 747-8 Freighter in Russia and took delivery of its first 747-8 Freighter in 2012. The newly-ordered aircraft will support Volga-Dnepr's long-term strategy to grow AirBridge Cargo's fleet and replace current 747-400s. They will be acquired through a mix of direct purchases and leasing over the next six years.

The newly-delivered 747-8 Freighter on display in the Cargo Village at Farnborough will be operated by Cargo LogicAir, the new British cargo airline and partner of Volga-Dnepr Group.

Volga-Dnepr Group is the world leader in the unique, oversize and heavy cargo market and has represented the Russian airfreight industry in the international market since 1990. The Group, which includes three leading Russian all-cargo carriers – Volga-Dnepr Airlines, AirBridge Cargo Airlines and Atran Airlines – has a multinational team based in 15 countries. Volga-Dnepr is currently operating 12 Antonov 124-100, 5 IL-76TD-90VD, 16 Boeing 747s (five Boeing 747-400ERFs, three Boeing 747-400 Freighters and eight Boeing 747-8F Freighters) and three Boeing 737-400F.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 07/13/16
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US and Asia low numbers in cargo


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Air freight in the US and Asia has taken a dip this year to date. The 2016 numbers are way down based on projections. Companies are looking at ways to lower their costs and air cargo has seen a slump this year.

Low cost airlines in the Middle East have not helped cargo based airlines. carries such as Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways ,and Emirates Airlines have increased their cargo traffic by 5.9 per cent. Iata has published the numbers of recent and it is alarming that freight has shifted in its pattern.

Most freight forwarders in Asia and United States have shifted their shipping needs to ocean freight. Late last year many contracts were signed for shipment by cargo ships. This has sent alarms to many air cargo carriers in these areas and even shown in aircraft orders for freight. Farnborough airshow is next week.

Next week we at Airline Adviser are anticipating a lower cargo order for aircraft than years past. See  http://www.farnborough.com/  Trade days are July 11 thru 15 and access for Public show is July 16 thru 17.  Replacement of older aircraft may go one of two ways. Aircraft too old and three year plan to upgrade fleet. Second option got for slightly older aircraft to maintain existing fleet or a five to ten year plan to slowly replace existing fleet with used aircraft.

Source Airline Adviser 07/07/16
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A330 to Beluga XL



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The first of Airbus’ five new Beluga XL airlifter “giants” will begin taking shape early next year, initiating the creation of a new jetliner fleet to transport complete sections of the company’s aircraft from production sites around Europe to final assembly lines in France, Germany and Spain.

Beluga XL’s lower fuselage will be the same as the Freighter version of Airbus’ A330-200 jetliner and is to be built on the A330 final assembly line adjacent to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France.

The Beluga XL’s other aerostructure-specific components are provided by external suppliers, including the significantly enlarged upper fuselage, the modified forward fuselage section with a lowered nose and cockpit, a large forward cargo door allowing “roll-on-roll-off” loading directly onto the main deck, and a pair of auxiliary vertical tailplane end-fins.

Once a lower fuselage for Beluga XLs is completed on the final assembly line, it will be moved to Building L34 at Airbus’ Lagardère industrial zone adjacent to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, where the build-up process into the outsized airlifter will take approximately 12 months per aircraft.

The five Beluga XL aircraft will provide an additional 30 percent in transport capacity for Airbus’ industrial network, joining the existing fleet of five A300-600ST Super Transporters – which are based on the legacy A300 jetliner, and were given the original “Beluga” moniker because of their resemblance to the white whale of the same name.

Source Airbus / Edited By Airline Adviser 05/13/16
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SF Airline’s First 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter

SINGAPORE, Dec. 18, 2015 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) and SF Airlines today celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF), which is also the first owned by an airline in China.

The delivery took place at Boeing supplier ST Aerospace Services Co. in Singapore, where the conversion work was performed. It is the first of five 767BCFs the airline will receive during the next year.

“Our goal is always to provide our customers with a higher quality, highly efficient express service. This is a goal we believe the 767BCF will help us accomplish,” said Xi Liang, SF Airlines Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering. “With its larger capacity and higher fuel efficiency, we look forward to the 767BCF ensuring quick shipping to our customers.”

The 767-300BCF is recognized as the industry’s most efficient medium wide-body twin jet freighter, with low direct operating costs, superior payload to weight ratios and Boeing’s world class support.

Based in Shenzhen, SF Airlines currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 25 airplanes, and has signed a letter of intent to purchase 737-800BCFs following a program launch. The addition of the wide-body freighter to SF Airlines’ fleet of Boeing 737s and 757s is one example of changes being made by the airline to better support the rapid e-commerce growth in the China market. Moving forward, the plan is to continue to add more routes and expand the company’s transportation network, Liang said.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 12/18/15
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YTO Airlines 737-800BCF Commitment

SEATTLE, Boeing [NYSE: BA] is extremely pleased to enter into an agreement with YTO Airlines to provide the airline with 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCFs) pending a planned program launch.

The 737-800 will be the first Next-Generation 737 that Boeing offers for conversion. Through its 737 freighter conversion program, Boeing will support customers in the narrow-body freighter market, a segment of the freighter market growing quickly around the world.

YTO Airlines is a Hangzhou-based Chinese express cargo carrier backed by Shanghai YTO Express Investment (Group) Co., Ltd. The carrier currently operates a fleet of Boeing 737-300F airplanes, providing domestic and international air cargo services.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 10/02/15
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Airbus to launch A320/A321P2F freighter conversion program



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Airbus has signed an agreement with Singapore-based ST Aerospace to offer passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion solutions for its A320 / A321 aircraft. The agreement was signed at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget by Harald Wilhelm, Chief Financial Officer of Airbus Group and Airbus, Serh Ghee Lim, President of ST Aerospace, Andreas Sperl, CEO of EFW and Tom Williams, Airbus Chief Operating Officer.

Airbus foresees a significant market demand of more than 600 aircraft over the next 20 years for P2F aircraft conversions in the small freighter segment. The A320P2F, with eleven main-deck container positions, will be capable of carrying 21 metric tonnes of payload over 2,100nm, while the A321P2F with 14 main-deck positions will be able to carry up to 27 tonnes over 1,900nm. The first converted A321P2F will be delivered in 2018.

The A320/A321 P2F converted aircraft will be marketed and managed by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW). Airbus currently holds a majority stake at the Dresden-based freighter conversion specialist together with its partner and co-owner, ST Aerospace. In order to implement the new business line for A320 / A321 P2F aircraft, ST Aerospace will provide its specially developed conversion technology and will obtain another 20 percent of EFW’s shares, thus increasing its stake in EFW to 55 percent. Subsequently, Airbus Group will become a minority partner in EFW, reducing its shareholding to 45 percent.

Source Airbus Edited By Airline Adviser 06/29/15

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Qatar Airways Order for 10 777-8Xs, Four 777 Freighters


Courtesy Boeing


LE BOURGET, France, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Qatar Airways announced an order for 10 777-8Xs and four 777 Freighters, valued at $4.8 billion at list prices, on the opening day of Paris Air Show 2015.

"The order for four 777 Freighters underpins the value that this airplane has also brought to our rapidly growing cargo operations," said Mr. Al Baker. "Qatar Airways Cargo is an integral part of the Qatar Airways Group and we look forward to enhancing the existing fleet with next-generation aircraft."

"The order for an additional 10 777Xs is a further endorsement by Qatar Airways of the airplane which enjoyed the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. "We are also very proud that Qatar Airways continues to expand its cargo operations with the 777 Freighter. We look forward to continuing to grow and strengthen our partnership with Qatar Airways well into the future."

Boeing is the undisputed air cargo market leader, providing over 90 percent of the total worldwide dedicated freighter capacity. The 777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 km) with a full payload and general cargo market densities, making it the world's longest-range twin-engine freighter. The airplane's range capability translates into significant savings for cargo operators: fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times.       

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 06/15/15

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EVA Airways' Intent to Purchase Five 777 Freighters


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LE BOURGET, France, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] announced today at the Paris Air Show that EVA Airways intends to purchase five 777 Freighters. The commitment, valued at more than $1.5 billion at list prices, represents the first 777 Freighters to join EVA's fleet and will be posted to Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website once finalized. The Taiwanese airline plans to use the new freighters to bolster its fleet in an effort to meet growing

EVA Airways currently operates more than 35 Boeing airplanes in its fleet, including 20 777-300ERs. EVA is one of the world's leading 777-300ER operators with unfilled orders for 14 777-300ERs – both direct purchased and leased. The carrier plans to grow its operational twin-aisle fleet to more than 60 airplanes by the end of 2025.

The 777 Freighter is the world's largest and longest range twin-engine freighter, capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload at general cargo market densities. The airplane's range capability translates into significant savings for cargo operators: fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 06/15/15

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Cargolux Airlines Celebrate 30th Direct Delivery 747 Freighter



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EVERETT, Wash, Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Cargolux Airlines are celebrating the 30th direct delivery of a 747 Freighter to the Luxembourg-based cargo carrier. To mark the occasion, Cargolux’s latest 747-8 Freighter carries a special decal of the “Father of the Boeing 747,” Joe Sutter, the Boeing engineer who led the team that designed the airplane.

“We have built our business around the iconic 747 and therefore we wanted to celebrate our 30th direct delivery from Boeing by honoring the man behind this magnificent machine -- Joe Sutter,” said Dirk Reich, President and CEO of Cargolux Airlines. “The 747-8 Freighter has been a tremendous addition to our fleet, providing us with increased capacity and improved economics that has enabled us to expand our operations across the globe.”

This latest delivery was the 12th 747-8 Freighter to join Cargolux’s fleet, with the Luxembourg carrier becoming the world’s first operator of the airplane type in October 2011. Prior to the introduction of the 747-8 Freighter, Cargolux took delivery of the first of two 747-200 Freighters in 1979 and in 1993 also became the world’s first operator of the 747-400 Freighter, taking a total of 16 747-400 Freighters.

In January 2015, Cargolux began operations to Manaus Airport in Brazil with a 747-8 Freighter carrying a full load of machinery spare parts and telecommunications equipment. In the process, Manaus Airport became the 100th commercial airport that Cargolux serves with the 747-8 Freighter, underlining the airplane’s incredible versatility in the world cargo market.

“The 30th 747 delivery to Cargolux is an important milestone in our shared history with this all-Boeing operator that spans some four decades,” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “I can’t think of a better way to mark this special occasion than with this tribute to Joe Sutter and in recognizing that today the 747-8 Freighter provides Cargolux with unrivalled operating costs and economics compared to any large freighter airplane on the market.”

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 03/09/15

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Silk Way West Announce Order for Three 747-8 Freighters

BAKU, Azerbaijan, /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices.  

"Silk Way Airlines' success and profitability as a cargo operator is a direct result of investing in its fleet and services and growing its regional and international footprint," said Zaur Akhundov, president, Silk Way Group of Companies. "I am confident we will maintain our rate of growth, supported by three new Boeing 747-8 Freighters."

Silk Way West is an enterprise of the Silk Way Group, which includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services. The airline currently operates seven Boeing airplanes, including two 767-300 Freighters, three 747-400 Freighters and two 747-8 Freighters.

With 56 747-8 Freighters in service with eight customers, the 747-8 Freighters have logged more than 500,000 flight hours and more than 88,000 flight cycles. They are performing with the highest dispatch reliability and utilization of any four-engine airplane in service.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 03/04/15

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Korean Air Announce Order for Five 777 Freighters

SEATTLE, /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Korean Air finalized an order for five 777 Freighters. The order, valued at more than $1.5 billion at current list prices, will add further efficiency and reliability to Korean Air's all-Boeing freighter fleet.

As one of the world's largest cargo airlines, Korean Air currently operates an all-Boeing freighter fleet of 26 airplanes that includes 17 747-400 Freighters, five 747-8 Freighters and four 777 Freighters.

Korea's flag carrier currently operates 86 Boeing passenger airplanes and has unfilled orders for nearly 40 additional airplanes, including 12 777-300ERs, 10 747-8 Intercontinentals, 10 787-9 Dreamliners, two 747-8 Freighters and six 777 Freighters.

The 777 Freighter is the world's longest range twin-engine freighter, capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload at general cargo market densities. According to the Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast, global air freight traffic is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent, doubling the cargo traffic over the next 20 years.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 02/17/15

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Silk Way West Commitment for Three 747-8 Freighters

BAKU, Azerbaijan /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Azerbaijan-based airline Silk Way West announced that the two companies are finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes.

Silk Way West is an enterprise of the Silk Way Group, which includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services. The airline currently operates seven Boeing airplanes, including two 767-300 Freighters, three 747-400 Freighters and two 747-8 Freighters.

The 747-8 Freighter has no competitors, providing cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. The 747-8 Freighter offers 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400, while keeping its iconic nose door.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 01/13/15

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Qatar Airways Finalize Order for Four 777 Freighters


Courtesy Boeing

SEATTLE, Jan. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Qatar Airways have finalized an order for four 777 Freighters, valued at $1.24 billion at current list prices. The airline also has purchase rights for four additional airplanes, which when exercised will bring the combined value to $2.46 billion.

Qatar Airways first announced an intent to order the four 777 Freighters at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow. Currently operates a fleet of 37 Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range) and 777-200LRs (Longer Range), in addition to seven 777 Freighters.

"As Qatar Airways develops its cargo route network, we are pleased they have selected the 777 Freighter to be part of this expansion," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner. "We greatly value the long-term partnership Qatar Airways and Boeing have shared over nearly a decade."

"We aim to make Qatar Airways one of the world's major air cargo players," said His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways. "With its proven track record, long-range capabilities and excellent operational efficiencies, the 777 Freighter will be a key player in enabling Qatar Airways to grow its footprint and economically deliver cargo further, connecting many long-haul destinations from our hub in Doha, especially with the expansion of Doha's new freight terminal."

Global air freight traffic is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent, doubling the cargo traffic over the next 20 years, according to the Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast released in October.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 01/06/15

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World Air Cargo Forecast 2014 - 2015

After rebounding more than 19% in 2010 over the depressed levels of 2009, world air cargo traffic stagnated from mid-2011 to early 2013. This prolonged period of weak growth can be attributed to two factors: a weak world economy and slack trade growth. Since the onset of the global economic crisis in 2008, world air cargo traffic has averaged only 1.7% growth per year through 2013. On a positive note, world air cargo traffic began to grow again in second quarter 2013. By July 2014, traffic had grown 4.4% compared with the first seven months of 2013. Forecasts for even better economic and trade growth should lead to sustained air cargo traffic growth in 2015 and 2016.

Data represented as historical in this document were compiled from many sources, including Air Cargo Management Group (ACMG), Airports Council International (ACI), Airlines for America (A4A), Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines, Association of European Airlines, Boeing Foreign Trade Database, Eurostat, IHS Economics, United Nations Council on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Clarkson Research Services Limited (CRSL), Drewry Maritime Research, International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), China Statistical Bulletin, CAPA Centre for Aviation, Transport Canada, and US Department of Transportation (DOT). Historical information is updated each year as individual sources revise their respective publications.

This document would not be possible without the efforts of a number of contributors. The Boeing WACF 2014/2015 production team included the Creative and Information Services design, production, web, writing, and editing teams and our colleagues in the Airline Market Analysis group. Special thanks are due to Mr. Steve Murphy and Mr. David Franson for their thorough and diligent efforts on the world freighter fleet forecast. Many thanks are due to Mr. Kensuke Sakaki for his data research and authorship of the intra-Europe and Africa chapters. Mr. Bradley Hart researched and authored the chapters on the Middle East and South Asia air cargo markets and built a database on air cargo traffic that included nearly 750 airlines. Mr. Matthew Kosmal provided valuable insight into the Europe–Latin America air cargo market.

Source Cargo Convention & Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 10/24/14

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Silk Way Airlines Celebrate Delivery of Two 747-8 Freighters


Courtesy Boeing

EVERETT, Wash. /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Silk Way Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline's two 747-8 Freighters. The first airplane delivered last week and the second airplane delivered this week. Both new 747-8 Freighters will bring new levels of efficiency to the Baku, Azerbaijan-based cargo carrier.

"We strive to be a successful and profitable cargo operator by investing in our fleet and our services, and by continuing to increase our regional and international footprint," said Zaur Akhundov, president, SW Holding, parent company of Silk Way Airlines. "The delivery of our new 747-8 Freighters is a sound step forward in that direction."

Silk Way Airlines is considered as one of the leading cargo carriers in the region, providing full-fledged services to Europe, the United Kingdom and Middle East, as well as the Far East including South Korea, China and Hong Kong. In addition, the carrier also serves international destinations through a network of alliances, operating 747-400 Freighters and 767-300 Freighters.

The airplane is optimized to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering 16 percent more cargo volume while keeping its iconic nose door. With more than 340,000 hours in service, the 747-8 Freighters are achieving performance milestones with customers. To date, Boeing has delivered 49 747-8 Freighters.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 08/31/14

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Air Algerie Order for Two Next-Generation 737-700Cs


Courtesy Boeing

Air Algerie announced an order for two Next-Generation 737-700C (Convertible) airplanes, valued at $152 million at current list prices. The order continues Air Algerie's fleet renewal and expansion following January's order for eight 737-800s.

The addition of 737-700Cs to the Algerian-flag carrier's fleet will provide the airline with increased flexibility depending on passenger and cargo demands. The order was booked in May 2014 and previously posted as unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website but confirmed at Farnborough Airshow

Enabling airlines to alternate between passenger and cargo layouts on a daily, weekly or seasonal basis depending on market requirements, the 737-700C highlights the outstanding flexibility of the Next-Generation 737 family.

The 737-700C is a derivative of the 737-700 with strengthened wings, a main-deck cargo door and an in-floor cargo-handling system. In an all-passenger layout, the 737-700C can carry up to 140 passengers, while the all-cargo layout provides up to 40,000 pounds (18,200 kilograms) of capacity.

Based in Algeria's capital city Algiers, at Houari Boumedienne International Airport, Air Algerie currently serves more than 40 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Source Boeing / PRNewswire and Edited By Airline Adviser 07/27/14
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Qatar Airways orders four Boeing 777 Freighters


Courtesy Boeing

Farnborough, United Kingdom, /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Qatar Airways have finalized an order for 50 777-9Xs, valued at $18.9 billion at current list prices. The 777X order, first announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, was part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history.

Qatar Airways also announced their intent to order four 777 Freighters and options for four more, with a combined value of $2.4 billion at list prices. Further news of commercial passenger orders http://blog.airlineadviser.com/


Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 07/20/14
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No New Sales for Cargo


Over the past six months sales for cargo aircraft have come to a standstill. No new aircraft deliveries have been made. Mostly all existing aircraft and freight carriers are holding onto existing fleets. The market place has changed.

Existing carriers are looking at second hand aircraft or wet leases to fill their needs. Rightfully to a point as markets are changing at a fast pace.

Talking of change many changes are coming to Airline Adviser in order to adapt to technology and market needs. Our news section has been updated and all content over the last seven years has been transferred. We are optimistic getting back to where cargo was in its peak.

Airline Adviser continues to change and have an optimistic future of building new business relationships as the last 2 years have been slow. Continued success is the ability to adapt and move forward.

Source Airline Adviser 07/05/14

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Boeing Delivers First 747-8 with Performance-Improved Engines



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EVERETT, Wash. Boeing (NYSE: BA) delivered the first 747-8 with performance-improved GEnx-2B engines as part of the airplane's Performance Improvement Package (PIP.) A Cathay Pacific Airways 747-8 Freighter was the first 747 to deliver with the PIP engines.

The engine is the first of the package's three improvements to enter service. The two other components, Flight Management Computer (FMC) software upgrades and reactivation of the horizontal tank fuel system on the 747-8 Intercontinental, are expected to enter service later this month and in early 2014, respectively.

The PIP engine improves the airplane's efficiency by 1.8 percent. "With this improvement, 747-8 customers will use roughly 30 fewer semi-sized trucks of fuel per airplane per year," said Bruce Dickinson, 747-8 chief project engineer and vice president.
All three PIP components can be retrofitted on the 747-8. The tail fuel reactivation is applicable only for the 747-8 Intercontinental and the FMC upgrades can also be made to 747-400s.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 12/22/13

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Qatar Airways expands its Airbus A330 Freighter fleet

Qatar Airways has placed a firm order for five new Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft in an agreement signed at the Dubai Airshow 2013. These new aircraft will complement the airline's rapidly growing network, which includes more than 40 routes that have dedicated freighter services. Included in the order are eight additional A330-200F options – which would make today’s deal potentially worth over $2.8bn at list prices for a total of 13 aircraft. These aircraft on order will complement three A330-200Fs Qatar Airways already operates since earlier this year.

“The A330 Family has demonstrated outstanding operational reliability and performance for both our passenger and cargo transport operations. It is with this in mind that we chose to expand our freighter fleets with more A330-200Fs,” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO. “We aim to be the best in everything we do, the air cargo market is no different, which is why we ordered the most modern and economic cargo aircraft available in its category.”

Qatar Airways continues to be a highly valued customer and partner with Airbus – a relationship which has flourished since the airline received its first Airbus aircraft in 1997. Today Airbus aircraft form an ever more essential cornerstone of Qatar Airways’ global operations with more than 200 aircraft directly ordered across all modern Airbus product families, from the single-aisle A320 all the way up to the flagship A380.

Aimed at replacing ageing mid-sized freighters, the A330-200F offers an alternative to larger freighters within fleets. Benefiting from the technical superiority and market success of the A330 passenger version, it will offer opportunities to grow frequencies in under-served markets at no additional cost-per-tons. A330-200F, with up to 70 metric tons of payload, is the only viable alternative to large freighters in today’s fast changing market.

Source Airbus / Edited By Airline Adviser 11/24/13

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Boeing Completes MD-11 Freighter Transition to AV Cargo

SEATTLE, /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Capital Corporation, has completed transition of two MD-11 Boeing converted freighters (BCF) on multi-year leases to U.K.-managed AV Cargo, which has begun service from the operator's base in Liege, Belgium, on routes primarily to West Africa.

Boeing delivered the first of the cargo tri-jets to the operator in May 2013. The second aircraft began revenue service recently.AV Cargo will operate its MD-11 freighters into key Africa cities including Lagos, Nigeria; Bamako, Mali; Entebbe, Uganda; Port Harcourt, Nigeria; Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo; Freetown, Sierra Leone; and Pemba Island.

Originally MD-11 passenger aircraft, the BCFs feature an updated flight deck and cargo-handling system, better fuel efficiency and increased operating capabilities. The two aircraft wear the distinctive white- and blue-tipped tail livery of the new carrier, the successor to the former Avient Ltd.

"MD-11 freighter conversion is a great move in terms of the aircraft's residual value that appeals to aircraft investors," said Frank Duckstein, Boeing Capital senior director of asset management. Overall, Boeing has converted more than 100 MD-11s to freighters.

Neil Glover, AV Cargo managing director and co-founder, said: "This second delivery is an important milestone in our strategic business plan that will allow us to further penetrate and optimize our planned scheduled services, providing us with the necessary redundancy to ensure our customers with frequent and reliable services." "The MD-11 is the natural and logical choice to serve our niche market needs in the 65-95 tonne payload range, operating into some of the smaller and performance-challenging airports within Africa that preclude most other aircraft. Simon Clark, AV Cargo chief executive officer, said the operator's third MD-11 is expected to enter service in early 2014.

The MD-11 freighter is the leader in the 90-ton freighter class, with 175 aircraft in active service with cargo operators and freight forwarders worldwide including FedEx, UPS and Lufthansa.

Source Boeing / Edited By airline Adviser 10/11/13

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UPS Airbus A300 Black Box Recovered

Cargo aircraft Airbus A300 from UPS crashed half mile from the runway yesterday killing pilot and co- pilot. The airbus A300-600F (N155UP) crashed near approach of Birmingham Alabama airport. The accident occurred early dawn hours on approach after a rapid decent it crashed into the hill area with a large wreckage area was created

Today Thursday August 15 the NTSB recovered the black boxes. They are still at the very early stages before any conclusive clues and evidence can determine the cause of the crash. The airbus was delivered to UPS February 14 2004. According to database the original first flight date was November 3, 2003. The 2 engines Pratt and Whitney PW 4158 show no signs of engine failure on initial inspection at crash site and there was no mayday by pilots.

UPS has a remainder fleet of 52 Airbus A300 – 622R Freighters. In addition to the UPS freighter fleet they operate Boeing 747-400 (13) Boeing 757-200 (75) Boeing 767-300 (58) and McDonald Douglas MD-11 (38) to date.  As they have one of the largest cargo fleet the safety record is still very high despite one other loss in 2010.

Also initial findings on the crash site no shift of cargo, no engine failure so the NTSB investigation will proceed looking for answers. UPS 1354 came from Louisville, KY and weather conditions seemed to be clear at the time of the accident. The black boxes had been charred badly.

Source Airline Adviser 08/15/13

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Silk Way Airlines Order Two 747-8 Freighters


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SEATTLE /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Silk Way Airlines, a cargo carrier based in Baku, Azerbaijan, announced an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters valued at $704 million at current list prices.  

"Silk Way Airlines' vision is to be a successful and profitable cargo operator by investing in its fleet and services and continuing to increase its regional and international footprint," said Zaur Akhundov, president, SW Holding, parent company of Silk Way Airlines. "The order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters is a move in that direction."

Silk Way Airlines currently operates Boeing 747-400 Freighters and 767-300 Freighters. In addition it operates Antonov 12BK and Ilyushan Il76-MF aircraft. It is considered as one of the leading cargo airlines in Central Asia providing full-fledged services to Europe and the United Kingdom and the Middle East, as well as the Far East including Korea, China and Hong Kong. In addition, it also serves international destinations through a network of alliances.

"One of the goals of the Azerbaijani government is to continue building Baku's strategic positioning as a trade hub," said Jahangir Askerov, president, Azerbaijan Airlines, and architect of the country's present day civil aviation industry. "The addition of the new Boeing 747-8 Freighters will enable Silk Way Airlines to expand its operations and help the government achieve its objective."

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 07/15/13

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National Airline Boeing 747 Tragic Cargo Crash


Monday, April 29, 2013 at approximately 1550hrs Afghanistan time a National Airlines flight 102 crashed after briefly after take-off. Raw video of the crash was originally video from a car cam near the airfield. The Boeing 747-400 operating a charter cargo flight for Coalition forces from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

Seven crew members on board died instantly on impact. The FAA is sending an investigation team to the location. Taliban is claiming they took the plane down but after reviewing the video the airline thinks it might be caused due to a load shift

After reviewing the video courtesy of KTLA5 channel Airline Adviser also thinks that it looks more like a load shift that lead to center of gravity condition become unstable and no pilot could control an aircraft once those actions have taken place.

Just by the way the aircraft rolled also brings back to a similar situation. Miami, Florida August 8, 1997 a cargo airline flying a McDonald Douglas DC-8 also had a shift in cargo on take-off. Just after take-off the aircraft stalled and rolled crashing less than half a mile from Miami Airport. After an investigation the cause was a shift of the payloads thus causing the aircraft to crash. To see video footage courtesy of KTLA and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Airline-Adviser/325320090817151

Source Airline Adviser 04/30/13

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Southwest Airlines Cargo Awarded Highest Honors For Excellence In Air Cargo

DALLAS - /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Cargo receives continued recognition for excellence in air cargo and has once again been recognized in Air Cargo World's annual Air Cargo Excellence (ACE) Survey as the Diamond Award winner of the "up to 299,999 tonnes" category. The Diamond Award is the top award given in this category. Southwest was the highest rated carrier in three of the four performance categories: Customer Service, Performance, and Value.

"This prestigious recognition represents the tremendous commitment and hard work of our Employees in many different capacities across our system," says Vice President of Cargo & Charters Matt Buckley. "We are honored to receive this award, however, we realize this is a journey, and we will continue to work diligently towards improving the Customer experience."

"Southwest communicates to its customer base a sincere desire to provide them with the very best in service and value," says Publisher of Air Cargo World Steve Prince. "Their success is built upon customer satisfaction, and having won the Diamond Award in consecutive years clearly demonstrates they are achieving their mission."

The Airforwarders Association presented Southwest with the "Domestic Carrier of the Year" Award for the fourth year in a row. The award was presented based upon Southwest's ontime performance, Customer Service, problem resolution, claims handling, technology support, service options, and overall value.

"The Airforwarders Association recently awarded its 2013 Domestic Carrier of the year award to Southwest Airlines in recognition of the airline's outstanding performance," said Executive Director of AfA Brandon Fried. "The members wish to congratulate Southwest on its ongoing commitment to quality and on receiving this highly esteemed honor, and look forward to working together in delivering high quality standards essential to our mutual success."

In addition, Southwest is proud to be recognized for excellence at this year's Air Cargo 2013 Conference.  Southwest received the "Domestic Airline of the Year" Award, along with the award for "Excellence in Web Site and Technology" by the Express Delivery & Logistics Association (XLA). This is the 13th year Southwest has been placed on XLA's Airline of the Year list and the third year the Excellence in Web Site and Technology Award has been received.

Source Southwest Airlines / Edited By Airline Adviser 04/01/13

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Cathay Pacific Order for Three 747-8 Freighters


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SEATTLE, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Cathay Pacific Airways announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes. The order, valued at approximately $1 billion at list prices, also includes options for five additional 777 Freighters. The new additions will bolster Cathay Pacific's 747-8 Freighter fleet to 13 airplanes.

Hong Kong's flag carrier is in the midst of renewing its freighter fleet with newer, more efficient airplanes, while also looking to strengthen its position as a market leader in the air cargo business.

The new 747-8 Freighters are expected to progressively replace Cathay Pacific's 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) fleet. Cathay Pacific currently operates six 747-400 Freighters, eight 747-8 Freighters, six 747-400ER Freighters and one 747-400 BCF.

The 747-8 Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. At 250 feet, 2 inches (76.3 m) long -- 18 feet, 4 inches (5.6 m) longer than the 747-400 Freighter -- the 747-8 Freighter gives customers 16 percent more revenue cargo volume compared to its predecessor with nearly equivalent trip costs and lower ton-mile costs. With more than 100,000 hours in service, the 747-8 Freighters are achieving performance milestones with customers reporting 1 percent better fuel burn than expected.

Cathay Pacific currently operates eight 747-8 Freighters and with today's order, the airline is set to take delivery of five more. A total of 70 747-8 Freighters have been ordered by more than nine customers around the world. To date, Boeing has delivered 28 747-8 Freighters to six airlines.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 03/04/13

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FedEx Express Announce Order for Four 767 Freighters



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SEATTLE, /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and FedEx Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of FedEx Corp, announced an order for four 767 Freighters. The order is part of FedEx's initiative to modernize its fleet.

"These additional 767 orders will help accelerate our fleet modernization program as we replace our aging MD-10 freighter fleet," said James R. Parker, FedEx Express executive vice president, air operations. "These new 767s will provide significantly improved reliability and are substantially more fuel-efficient than the aircraft they will replace. They will be an excellent addition to the FedEx fleet."

The addition of the 767 Freighters will enable FedEx to replace its less efficient medium widebody cargo airplanes with freighters that provide fuel, maintenance and other cost savings. The freighters also increase efficiency by sharing spare parts, tooling and flight simulators with the Boeing 757s that are part of the FedEx air fleet.

The 767 Freighter is based on the popular 767-300ER (extended range) passenger airplane. Able to carry approximately 58 tons (52.7 tonnes) of revenue cargo with intercontinental range, the 767-300 Freighter is ideal for developing new long-haul, regional or feeder markets.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser. 12/24/12

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Guggenheim Aviation Partners Order 767 Boeing Converted Freighters


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SEATTLE, Nov. 7, 2012–Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Guggenheim Aviation Partners have announced an agreement under which Boeing will convert three 767-300ERs to freighter configuration for the aviation leasing company. The conversion process will begin in the second quarter of 2013 and the three airplanes will be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of the year. Shown here is an artist’s concept of a 767-300BCF in Guggenheim Aviation Partners livery.

Source Boeing 11/07/12
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First 777 Freighter to Ethiopian Airlines


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SEATTLE, /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) delivered the first 777 Freighter to Ethiopian Airlines last week marking the first 777F to be operated by an African carrier. Today's 777F is being leased to Ethiopian Airlines from GECAS.

"This delivery marks another special day for Ethiopian Airlines and all of Ethiopia. We are not only becoming the first African carrier operating Boeing's 777 Freighter, today we are also taking our cargo operations to a new level and into a new era," said Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. "As the largest African cargo carrier operating in some of the fastest growing trade lanes of the world - between Africa and Europe, Middle East, and Asia - the new 777 Freighter fleet will significantly enhance our tonnage and range capabilities."

The 777 Freighter, the world's longest-range twin-engine freighter, is based on the technologically advanced 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane and can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg). With high-cargo density and 10-foot (3.1-meter) interior height capability, the 777 Freighter provides a cargo capacity normally associated with larger airplanes and features the lowest trip cost of any large freighter.

Ethiopian Airlines was the first airline in the world outside of Japan to operate the 787 Dreamliner and the first African airline to operate the 777-200LR in 2010. They currently operate an all-Boeing fleet of 737, 757, 767, 777, and now 787 airplanes in passenger service and a 757, MD11, 747, and this new 777 in cargo operations.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 09/24/12

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MNG Airlines takes delivery of its first A330-200F

MNG Airlines, Turkey’s dedicated freight operator, has taken delivery of its first of four A330-200Fs on order. Today the airline already operates a fleet of seven A300 cargo aircraft, and will expand its services by moving up to the A330 Freighter.

Sedat Özkazanç, Managing Director of MNG Airlines said: “Holding a big portion of the cargo capacity in Turkey, MNG Airlines is delighted to introduce the A330-200F into our fleet.” He adds: “This new Airbus freighter aircraft will help our continued growth by providing superior fuel efficiency, capacity and range for our customers together with both charter and scheduled flights.”

Benefiting from the technical superiority and market success of the A330 passenger version, the A330-200F is the world’s most modern mid-size freighter which can carry 70 tonnes of payload, with a range capability of up to 4,000nm. Moreover, in the current market situation with fluctuating demand and dominated by old and less fuel efficient large aircraft, the mid-size freighter A330-200F is the clear way to secure sustained profitability. The A330-200F targets the ‘mid-size’ freighter segment which is forecasted to be the core of future freighter demand, and will require more than 1,320 aircraft in the next 20 years.

Source Airbus / Edited By Airline Adviser 08/31/12

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Nippon Cargo Airline’s First Boeing 747-8 Freighter


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EVERETT, Wash., July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) has delivered a 747-8 Freighter to Narita-based Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), marking the Japanese debut for the 747-8. The new airplane is NCA's first 747-8 Freighter on order with Boeing.

"Nippon Cargo is a longtime partner and valued customer of the Boeing Company," said Brad McMullen, vice president of Japan and Oceania Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We will continue to work closely with Nippon Cargo as they integrate the new 747-8 Freighters into their all-Boeing fleet and help to strengthen their commitment as a market
leader."

The environmentally focused Nippon Cargo Airlines will also undertake its first biofuel flight with this milestone 747-8 Freighter delivery. The new airplane will become the first 747-8 to use a blend of environmentally progressive biofuels (jet kerosene and used cooking oil) to fly across the Pacific Ocean.

Nippon Cargo Airlines, one of the launch customers for the 747-8 Freighter in 2005 and also part of a team that helped develop the aircraft, plans to begin revenue service with its new 747-8 Freighter by mid-August on Asia and North American routes.

The 747-8 Freighter will provide double-digit improvements in fuel burn, operating costs and lower emissions over the 747-400 Freighter. The 747-8 Freighter also provides 16 percent more revenue-generating cargo volume and boasts a significantly improved environmental performance. Per tonne-kilometer, its carbon dioxide emissions are 16 percent lower than those of the 747-400 Freighter. It also reduced its noise footprint by more than 30 percent.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 07/25/12

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Boeing Delivers 50th 747BCF to  Evergreen International Airlines


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XIAMEN, China  /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA), Evergreen International Airlines and Taikoo Aircraft Engineering (TAECO) celebrated Friday the delivery of the 50th 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). The airplane is the first to enter the Evergreen fleet and the 40th conversion completed by TAECO.

All 747-400BCF deliveries have been completed on or ahead of scheduled commitments to customer airlines. Modifications to the airplane include a side cargo door addition, a new, strengthened main-deck floor, full main-deck lining installation, provisions for a new cargo handling system and complete revisions to the airplane systems.

Boeing manages the overall conversion, including engineering and materials, and TAECO converts the airplane at its Xiamen facility under contract with Boeing. Ten conversions have been completed by customers using kits provided by Boeing. The 747-400BCF program was launched in 2004 and the first delivery took place in 2005.

Evergreen International Airlines, based in McMinnville, Ore., currently operates 10 747s, including one 747-400 freighter and nine 747-200 freighters.

Source Boeing / Edited By airline Adviser 07/23/12

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Delivery of 20th Boeing 747-8


 
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EVERETT, Wash., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today marked the 20th delivery of its new 747-8. The airplane, a 747-8 Freighter, was delivered to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. Atlas Air will operate it on behalf of Panalpina, the Swiss-based freight operator. This marks the first time in Panalpina's history that an airplane has been painted in the company's livery.

The 747-8 Freighter will immediately enter service when it departs Seattle for Hong Kong later today. The airplane, named the 'Spirit of Panalpina', will then fly from Hong Kong on to Luxembourg with cargo on board.

Atlas Air has ordered nine 747-8 Freighters, two of which they will operate for Panalpina.
The 747-8 Freighter offers 16 percent more capacity than the 747-400 Freighter. It is environmentally more progressive, with double digit improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions and a noise footprint reduction of 30 percent.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 05/31/12

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Boeing Delivers UPS's 50th 767 Freighter



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EVERETT, Wash., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and UPS celebrated the delivery today of the cargo operator's 50th 767-300 Freighter. The airplane joins the world's largest 767 Freighter fleet.

"The Boeing 767 Freighter is the workhorse of our fleet," said UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols. "This versatile widebody is an important element in UPS's global logistics network, helping us reach over 200 countries and territories each day."

The 767 Freighter is based on the popular 767-300ER (extended range) passenger airplane. Able to carry approximately 58 tons (52.7 tonnes) of revenue cargo with intercontinental range, the 767 Freighter is ideal for developing new long-haul, regional or feeder markets.

"UPS is one of the world's premier air-cargo carriers," said John Wojick, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of North America Sales. "They have demonstrated the versatility and high reliability of the 767 Freighter, helping establish it as the preferred airplane for the mid-sized freighter market."

UPS benefits from the 767's established schedule reliability, performance and operational advantages. Schedule reliability -- an industry measure of departure from the gate within 15 minutes of scheduled time -- is over 98 percent for the 767. UPS boasts a 767 Freighter fleet reliability of over 99 percent.

In addition to the 50 767 Freighters, Boeing also has delivered 75 757-200 Package Freighters and eight 747-400 Freighters to UPS. The Louisville, Kentucky-based logistics services provider has nine more 767 Freighters on order.

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Boeing and Uzbekistan Airways Deliver Medical Supplies to Tashkent


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EVERETT, Wash., March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Uzbekistan Airways have partnered with Project Hope to transport a consignment of medical supplies destined for hospitals in Tashkent on a newly delivered 767-300ER (Extended Range).

The 6,950-pound (approximately 3,150-kilogram) shipment is made up of 162 boxes of medicines and medical supplies and comes as part of Boeing's Humanitarian Delivery Flights program.

"Boeing, through its Global Corporate Citizenship organization, supports relief efforts around the world in partnership with nongovernmental agencies and nonprofits like Project Hope. Through these collaborative efforts and with our airline partners, we bring relief and hope to people in need," said Liz Warman, Global Corporate Citizenship Northwest director.

On a previous delivery flight in February, Boeing and Uzbekistan Airways partnered with the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association and the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan to transport a consignment of scholarly books for the Tashkent-based International Library. The 4,720-pound (approximately 2140-kilogram) shipment included 118 boxes of scholarly books covering various fields such as literature, linguistics, languages, history, demography, ecology and public health.

"Uzbekistan Airways is constantly looking at ways to contribute to the development and benefit of the community and we are happy to be working with Boeing and Project Hope to transport medical supplies to Tashkent," said Valeriy Tian, director-general, Uzbekistan Airways. "I would like to thank our partners at Boeing and Project Hope for driving this initiative for the betterment of our community in Uzbekistan."

Over the years Boeing has facilitated more than 140 humanitarian delivery flights, working in partnership with nearly 50 different airlines worldwide.
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Airbus to Launch A330P2F Cargo Conversion Program


Singapore Airshow – Airbus, ST Aerospace and EADS EFW have signed an MoU for a strategic partnership to develop the A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion program. This agreement, setting out the project’s foundation and granting Authorization To Offer[1] for the A330P2F, was signed by Chang Cheow Teck, President of ST Aerospace; Tom Enders, President and CEO of Airbus and Andreas Sperl, CEO of EADS EFW; in the presence of Stanislaw Tillich, Prime Minister of German’s Federal State of Saxony.

For the project, ST Aerospace will lead the A330P2F engineering development, working with Airbus and EADS EFW who will subsequently be responsible as program lead during the industrial phase, and will undertake most of the conversions at its facilities in Dresden, Germany. Under the agreement it is planned that EADS EFW will become the European center for ST Aerospace’s global maintenance, repair and overhaul operations. The project is subject to the definitive agreements being finalized in the coming weeks and also to regulatory clearances.

The A330P2F program includes two versions – the A330-200P2F and the larger A330-300P2F. Of the two models, the larger A330-300P2F will be particularly suitable for integrators and express carriers thanks to its high volumetric payload capability with lower-density cargo. Complementing this will be the A330-200P2F which will be optimized for higher-density freight and longer range performance. Entry-into-service for the first A330-300P2F is targeted for 2016.

Source Airbus / Edited By Airline Adviser 2/17/12

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Boeing Delivers First 747-8 and 777 Freighters to Korean Air


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EVERETT, Wash., /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Korean Air celebrated delivery of the airline's first 747-8 and 777 Freighters. With the milestone delivery, Korean Air becomes the first airline in the world to operate both the 747-8 and 777 Freighters.

"We are very proud to become the first airline in the world to have the combined strengths of these two freighters in its fleet," said Yang Ho Cho, chairman of Korean Air. "Our cargo fleet is being improved by these fuel-saving planes. They can help reduce carbon emissions by 17 percent and this supports our goal to be a responsible citizen of the world."

Korea's flagship carrier is the first Boeing customer to order both variations of the new 747-8 airplane and is also a key supplier partner on this new airplane program.

The 747-8 Freighter offers a range of 4,390 nautical miles (8,130 km) and a maximum structural payload capacity of 148 tons (134 tonnes), while offering an additional 4,221 cubic feet (120 m3) and 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400 Freighter.

The twin-engine Boeing 777 Freighter is the most fuel-efficient airplane with leading economic and environmental performance in its category. It has a cargo capacity of 103 metric tons (113 tons) with a range of 9,038 kilometers (4,880 nautical miles).

Korean Air plans to operate the 747-8 Freighter on its transpacific route, with stops in Osaka and Narita, Japan, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The 777 Freighter is Korean Air's first twin-engine freighter and will allow the airline to open into new markets in Europe, including Vienna, Frankfurt and London.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 02/10/12

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Etihad Airways orders two more A330-200 Freighters



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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has signed a firm order for two additional A330-200F freighter aircraft to meet their growth plans in the cargo market. The airline was a launch customer and the launch operator of the A330-200F, having taken delivery of its first aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2010. Today’s order will increase the fleet of the airline’s cargo business, Etihad Crystal Cargo, to four A330-200F freighters.

“We are strongly committed to building our presence in the cargo sector with the platform of Abu Dhabi as our hub to connect global trade lanes,” Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Hogan, said. “The A330-200F has been a key part of our recent success in the market. We are very pleased with its high reliability and versatility, and that’s why we are keen to expand this fleet type,” he said.

The A330-200F, which has just celebrated a successful first year of efficient operation with a high operational reliability topping 99.5%, can carry up to 70 tonnes of payload and offer a range of up to 4,000nm. Nine A330-200F freighters are now flying with four operators in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

The A330 Family, which spans 200 to 400 seats for the passenger variants, also includes Freighter, VIP, and Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) variants, and has attracted close to 1,200 orders.

Source Airbus / Edited By Airline Adviser 01/28/12

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AirBridge Cargo Airlines Receives its First Boeing 747-8 Freighter



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EVERETT, Wash /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) and AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group, celebrated yesterday the delivery of the first of five new Boeing 747-8 Freighters to the airline.

"The introduction of the Boeing 747-8F represents a huge commitment to our customers since we are investing in state of the art equipment to further expand our network," said Tatyana Arslanova, executive president of AirBridgeCargo Airlines. "We have a firm belief that our established and new customers will greatly benefit from the additional features the airplane will provide such as enhanced payload. With the introduction of the Boeing 747-8F, we'll have the youngest freighter fleet in the industry while maintaining the highest standards of environmental compliance."

"ABC is a valued customer of Boeing that has built a very successful cargo business with the help of 11 747 Freighters and we're confident ABC will maintain its impressive rate of growth, supported by the new fleet of Boeing 747-8 Freighters," said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales for Russia, Central Asia and Middle East, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The addition of the 747-8 to ABC's fleet is an important step in its long-term business strategy. In addition to the five 747-8 Freighters it has on order, AirBridge Cargo has options for an additional five more airplanes. The 747-8 Freighters are powered with GE's GEnx-2B engines.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 01/27/12

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Evergreen International Airlines to Introduce Boeing 747-400 Freighter



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SEATTLE / Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Evergreen International Airlines, a subsidiary of Evergreen International Aviation announced, last week the airline will introduce the 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter to its fleet with delivery to Evergreen in 2012.

The conversion will be the 50th 747-400 jetliner to be modified to a freighter configuration by Boeing, which provides overall management of the conversion, including engineering and materials. Boeing contracts with Taikoo Aircraft Engineering (TAECO) in Xiamen, China, for the modification work.

“This new Boeing 747-400BCF will provide a new dimension for our operations,” said Evergreen International Airlines President Blair Berselli.  “The airplane will bring improvements in economics, efficiency and environmental performance and, since Boeing is responsible for the modification, we know that the airplane will receive the superior support that we have come to expect from Boeing.”

Modifications to the airplane include a side cargo door addition, a new, strengthened main-deck floor, full main-deck lining installation, provisions for a new cargo handling system and complete revisions to the airplane systems. The 747-400BCF has positions for 30 pallets on the main deck - volume which is comparable to the 747-400 production freighter.

Evergreen International Airlines is recognized as a world leader in air freight, providing air cargo transportation and charter services for major airlines, freight forwarders and the U.S. Government.

Based in McMinnville, Ore., currently operates 10 747s, including one 747-400 Freighter and nine 747-200 Freighters. In addition Evergreen is well-known for its Boeing 747 Supertanker, a converted 747-100, which can carry 20,000 gallons of water, retardant or other fire agents and is deployed around the world for firefighting missions.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 12/26/11

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FedEx Announces Order for Boeing 767 and 777 Freighters



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SEATTLE /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) announced today that FedEx Express has ordered 27 767-300 Freighters and has exercised existing options for two additional 777 Freighters.

The new 777 Freighters will support FedEx's growth in the international cargo market. The 767 Freighter will be a new model for the Memphis, Tenn.-based freight carrier's fleet of more than 690 airplanes. The addition of the 767 Freighters will enable FedEx to replace its less efficient, medium widebody cargo airplanes with freighters that provide fuel, maintenance and other cost savings.

"The 767-300 Freighter will be a great complement to our freighter fleet," said David J. Bronczek, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Express. "The 767 freighter, with its solid efficiency among medium widebody cargo airplanes, is an ideal solution to support our strategy of providing fast and reliable delivery to every U.S. address and to more than 220 countries and territories."

The 767 Freighter is based on the popular 767-300ER (extended range) passenger airplane. Able to carry approximately 58 tons (52.7 tonnes) of revenue cargo with intercontinental range, the 767-300 Freighter is ideal for developing new long-haul, regional or feeder markets.

The 777 Freighter is the world's longest range twin-engine freighter that can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload.  FedEx is the largest operator of 777 freighters with 17 aircraft in operation and with orders and options for an additional 41 aircraft.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 12/16/11

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Etihad Airways Orders Two Boeing 777 Freighters

Sunday December 11, 2011 came the announcement from the airline for two more aircraft. The Boeing 777 freighter has become a cornerstone in the cargo carriers market. Etihad Airways was founded in 2003 and has rapidly become the forefront of carriers in its geographical area.  

The order also increases Etihad's current Boeing 777 backlog to 12 airplanes, which includes 10 previously ordered 777-300ERs (extended range). The Abu Dhabi-based airline's fleet currently includes eight Boeing 777-300ERs and one 777 Freighter.

The 777 freighter is the world's longest-range, twin-engine freighter and features the lowest trip cost of any large freighter, with high-cargo density and 10-foot (3.1-meter) interior height capability that complements the popular 747 freighter family.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 12/12/11

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Humanitarian aid flown to Dubai for “Action Against Hunger”

Airbus Corporate Foundation and MASkargo help fight famine in East Africa

An Airbus A330-200F just delivered to Malaysian airline MASkargo has arrived at Dubai during the Dubai Airshow carrying forty tonnes of high energy food.  This flight, facilitated by the Airbus Corporate Foundation, along with MASkargo and Action Against Hunger, will boost crucial stocks at the UN’s strategically located Humanitarian Response Depot in the emirate.

Founded in France in 1979, Action Against Hunger (with its international counterpart Action Against Hunger / ACF International) is recognised as one of the most important humanitarian organisations combating hunger and malnutrition worldwide. This issue affects approximately one billion people across the globe, particularly in the Eastern region known as the Horn of Africa, afflicted by a severe drought and facing one of the worst humanitarian hunger crises in years with over 12 million people impacted.  

Action Against Hunger is using its Dubai base to capitalise on the emirate’s strategic location from which to serve a coordinated global effort in response to emergency situations elsewhere in the world.  The non-profit, non-religious organisation has established an international network to deliver life-saving programmes in some 45 countries, specialising in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster and chronic food insecurity.

MASkargo, the freight subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, was established in 1972 to handle the delivery of cargo around the world via Malaysia Airlines' global network of routes.

Tom Enders, Chairman of the Airbus Corporate Foundation and President and CEO of Airbus, said:  “Thanks to MASkargo, the Airbus Corporate Foundation has been able to support Action Against Hunger, in another  great example of how aviation can contribute to  humanitarian relief and help people in need in a very tangible way. Since it commenced operations in December 2008, the Foundation has coordinated twenty relief flights.

Captain Raja Yazid Bin Raja Jallaludin of MASkargo said, “MASkargo is happy to be part of this joint relief effort. That we are using our second A330 freighter fresh from the handover is a bonus as the aircraft starts its service on a really good note! Over the years, MASkargo has been very active in relief efforts for catastrophes worldwide.

Erland Egiziano, Logistics Director Action Against Hunger - France, said: The food being delivered today by the Airbus Corporate Foundation is vital in restoring dignity, self-sufficiency and independence for vulnerable communities and saving the lives of children and their families in East Africa”.

Source Airbus / Edited By Airline Adviser 11/15/11

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Boeing, Qatar Airways Announce Order for Two Boeing 777 Freighters


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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Qatar Airways today announced an order for two Boeing 777 Freighters at the 2011 Dubai Air Show. Valued at $560 million at current list prices, the airplanes will increase the airline's 777 Freighter fleet to eight when delivered.

"As we accelerate efforts to boost our global cargo network, we are expanding our fleet with airplanes like the Boeing 777 Freighter that allow us to deliver cargo further and more efficiently than ever before," said Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways. "The 777 Freighter has already proven itself with its impressive operating economics and is a critical component of our cargo fleet, enabling the launch of three new dedicated freighter services to Atlanta, Houston and Toronto, from our hubs in Doha and Luxembourg."  

Qatar Airways currently operates 28 Boeing 777s of various types, including 16 777-300ERs (extended range), three 777 Freighters and nine 777-200LRs. It recently took delivery of its 100th airplane which was a Boeing 777-200LR (longer range). By 2013, the airline plans to serve more than 120 destinations worldwide with a fleet of over 120 aircraft. The airline currently has a fleet of 100 aircraft flying to over 100 destinations.

With high-cargo density and 10-foot (3.1-meter) interior height capability that complements the popular 747 freighter family, the 777 freighter can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 225,200 pounds (102 metric tons). The 777 freighter is powered by General Electric's GE90-110B1L and meets QC2 noise standards. The 777 Freighter is the world's longest-range, twin-engine freighter and features the lowest trip cost of any large cargo aircraft.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 11/15/11

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Boeing Celebrates 747-8 Freighter Delivery with Atlas Air and British Airways


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Atlas Air subsidiary, GSS, to operate freighter for British Airways World Cargo

EVERETT, Wash /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) celebrated the delivery flight Thursday of the first 747-8 Freighter for Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. The delivery is the first of nine 747-8 Freighters Atlas Air has on order. Atlas Air's 49 percent subsidiary, Global Supply Systems (GSS), will operate the new freighter for British Airways World Cargo through a five-year wet-lease agreement.

"We have been looking forward to the delivery of our first 747-8F for a long time, and we are delighted that it is going into service with our valued, long-standing customer, British Airways World Cargo," said William J. Flynn, president and chief executive officer of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

As part of the lease agreement for three 747-8 Freighters with GSS, British Airways World Cargo will utilize the airplanes on long-haul routes to cargo hubs in Asia, Africa, India and the United States.

"The addition of the 747-8 Freighter to the fleet is an important step in our overall long-haul business strategy," said Jude Winstanley, senior vice president for IAG Cargo, comprised of BA World Cargo and Iberia Cargo. "The 747-8 Freighter provides us market-leading performance in terms of payload, fuel efficiency, low tonne-kilometer cost and environmental compliance."  

Kevin Schemm, vice president of North America and Leasing Sales, congratulated both Atlas Air and British Airways World Cargo on their new freighter.

"The 747-8 Freighter will enable Atlas and British Airways World Cargo to build on their success in the air cargo market," Schemm said.  "This airplane will deliver unparalleled efficiency and low operating costs, including double-digit improvements in fuel burn and lower emissions over the 747-400 it will be replacing."

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 11/05/11

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Cathay Pacific’s First 747-8 Freighter Delivered


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-Cathay Pacific is first operator of newest Boeing freighter in Asia Pacific

EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) has delivered a 747-8 Freighter to Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, making it the second freight operator worldwide to take delivery of Boeing's newest freighter. With this new addition to its fleet, Cathay Pacific also becomes the first carrier in Asia Pacific to operate the 747-8. The new airplane is the first of 10 747-8 Freighters Cathay Pacific has on order with Boeing.

"We are pleased to take delivery of this excellent new freighter, which will be a perfect addition to the Cathay Pacific cargo fleet," said Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer John Slosar. "The B747-8F will help us further strengthen Hong Kong's position as the world's leading international air cargo hub. We look forward to the efficiency and environmental benefits that we expect to realise with this great new airplane."

The 747-8 Freighters are expected to progressively replace the 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) in the Cathay Pacific Cargo fleet. Cathay Pacific currently operates six 747-400 Freighters, six 747-400ER Freighters and eight 747-400BCFs.

"Cathay Pacific's integration of this new freighter into their fleet strengthens their industry position and proves once again their commitment to being a market leader," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh.
From the day it is delivered, the 747-8 Freighter will give Cathay Pacific double-digit improvements in fuel burn, operating costs and lower emissions over the 747-400 Freighter.

"Cathay Pacific is a proven world-class operator," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing for greater China and Korea, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We thank Cathay Pacific for their confidence in the biggest and newest Boeing freighter."

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First Boeing 747 – 8 Freighter Delivered




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EVERETT, Wash /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Cargolux Airlines shared another milestone in the history of the iconic 747, as the airline took delivery of the first Boeing 747-8 Freighter earlier this week. Following delivery at the Boeing Delivery Center at the company's Everett site, the airplane departed for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where the new freighter will receive its first cargo load, destined for Cargolux headquarters in Luxembourg.

Boeing, Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines announced the initial orders for the 747-8 Freighter in November 2005. Today's delivery comes nearly 18 years after Cargolux was the recipient of the first Boeing 747-400 Freighter, which went on to become the workhorse and standard of the air cargo industry.

 "The new Boeing 747-8 Freighter will help Cargolux maintain its position as an industry leader that we built upon our 747-400 Freighter operation. We look forward to the efficiency and environmental benefits that come with this great airplane," he added.

Cargolux has ordered a total of 13 747-8 Freighters – its 10-airplane launch order in 2005 and a follow-on order for three additional airplanes placed in 2007.

"The new 747-8 Freighter stands as a monument to the incredible team that designed and built this airplane," said Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager of the 747 program. "And it's a pleasure to deliver this airplane to Cargolux, an airline that has long been dedicated to Boeing and the 747 program."

The 747-8 Freighter offers double-digit improvements in fuel burn, operating cost and lower emissions over the airplane it replaces. It also provides 16 percent more revenue-generating cargo volume, which allows it to hold seven additional pallets. The new model carries a maximum structural payload capacity of 147.6 tons (133.9 metric tonnes) while providing the same nose-door loading capability, industry-standard 10-foot (3-m) -high pallets and real-world cargo density capability at 9.9 pounds per cubic foot (159 kg/m3) as the industry standard 747-400 Freighter and maintaining interlining capability with the Boeing 777 Freighter.

The new GEnx-2B67 engines incorporate the latest technologies – such as a composite fan case and blades and a revolutionary turbine – to create double-digit efficiency gains over the engines it replaces. Eight customers have ordered a total of 75 747-8 Freighters.

Checkout this video Courtesy of Boeing : http://www.newairplane.com/747/firstDeliveryFreighter/

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 10/15/11

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Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines Announce Order for Four 777 Freighters


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Airline becomes the first African carrier to order Boeing's 777 Freighter

EVERETT, Wash /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Ethiopian Airlines today announced an order for four Boeing 777 Freighters, making Ethiopian Airlines the first African carrier to order the twin-engine freighter. The order is valued at approximately $1.1 billion at list prices and was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's website.

"As the largest African cargo carrier operating in some of the fastest growing trade lanes of the world - between Africa and Europe, Middle East and Asia - the new 777 Freighter fleet will significantly enhance our tonnage and range capabilities," said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. "The proven operational and economical efficiency of these airplanes will reposition Ethiopian Cargo in a stronger place to continue winning in this hypercompetitive market."

"Over the past few years we've seen Ethiopian Airlines become a leader in African aviation and they are well on their way to becoming a global aviation leader," said Marlin Dailey, president of Boeing Germany, EU, Northern Europe, and Africa. "Ethiopian Airlines continues to set the standard in aviation throughout the continent – from being the first African airline to order Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the first to fly the 777-200LR and now the first to purchase the 777 Freighter."

The 777 Freighter, the world's longest-range twin-engine freighter, is based on the technologically advanced 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane and can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 225,200 pounds (102 metric tons). With high-cargo density and 10-foot (3.1-meter) interior height capability, the 777 Freighter provides a cargo capacity normally associated with larger airplanes and features the lowest trip cost of any large freighter.

Ethiopian Airlines was the first to operate the 777-200LR (now with five in their fleet) and the first to order the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with an order for 10. Ethiopian Airlines currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737, 757, 767 and 777 airplanes in passenger service and a 757, MD11 and 747 in cargo operations.

Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 10/06/11