For more air cargo news, data and analysis, please go to: http://www.airguideonline.com/professional.htm Jul 24, 2006
Politics will play role in air cargo competition. Politics will play a key role in the competition for a contract to build a new military cargo plane. A team led by L-3 Communications will compete against a team lead by Lockheed Martin for the contract. L-3 this week announced it would spread the cargo-plane work to Florida and Mississippi if it wins the pact. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was on hand for L-3's announcement. Jul 21, 2006
Some lawmakers support stricter oversight of small cargo carriers. Lawmakers are calling for stronger oversight of small air cargo operators, and a pilots group wants cargo carriers to meet the same safety standards as passenger carriers. House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., says the larger freight carriers have good records but the smaller operators are harder to keep track of and fly "riskier" planes. Jul 20, 2006
UPS selected Engine Alliance GP7200s to power its fleet of 10 firm A380 freighters. It has options on 10 additional A380Fs. Value of the engine order was not disclosed. Aircraft deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2009. Jul 18, 2006
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Emirates signed a Heads of Agreement at the Farnborough Airshow for 10 of Boeing's new 747-8F aircraft, to be powered by General Electric's GEnx jet engines, in a deal worth $3.3 billion becoming the third customer for the freighter version behind Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines, which launched the program last year with combined firm orders for 18. The engine component of this deal is valued at more than $600 million. The 10 747-8F aircraft, scheduled for delivery from 2010, will support Emirates' long-term growth plans by providing additional capacity and operational flexibility for its air cargo services. Emirates also announced it will add another two 747-400Fs to its leased fleet next year. The freighter orders have led to speculation that the carrier may order the passenger version to replace its order for 18 A340-600HGWs, which is on hold, although it does not operate any 747 passenger aircraft. To date, no airline has ordered the 747-8 Intercontinental. Emirates currently operates nine wide-bodied Boeing 747Fs and Airbus A310Fs, and also has eight 777Fs on its order books. Jul 18, 2006
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Emirates Group Chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed Al-Maktoum only would say at the...