Oct 23, 2006
Aeroflot to operate cargo unit as subsidiary, replace DC-10Fs with MD-11Fs for international flights. Aeroflot said last week that it now will operate its cargo unit as a separate, wholly owned subsidiary and will lease six MD-11 freighters for delivery in 2008 to replace four aging DC-10s that will be relegated to domestic duty. Oct 16, 2006
UPS Evaluating Airbus A380 Order. United Parcel Service has set up a team to evaluate its multi-billion dollar purchase of Airbus A380 freighters, saying all options remain open. The move, confirmed by the company on Friday, is a further sign of doubt among Airbus customers over the A380 superjumbo, which is now two years behind schedule. UPS, whose freighter fleet makes it the world's eighth-largest airline, has 10 A380s on order, worth more than USD$2.5 billion at list prices, with an option to buy 10 more. UPS said on Friday that it received official notification of the latest delay on October 6, pushing back its first A380 delivery to May 2010 from September 2009. Oct 22, 2006
Boeing said that global air cargo traffic growth is expected to average 6.1 percent over the next 20 years, according to Boeing's World Air Cargo Forecast 2006/2007. Additionally, large freighters, such as the 747-8 Freighter, will comprise an increasingly large segment of the world freighter fleet, as operators look for high efficiency with low tonne-kilometer costs. Oct 17, 2006
Boeing, Korean Air
Korean Air to order 10 freighters, 'considering' new passenger aircraft. Korean Air will place an order for 10 freighters by year end, most likely a combination of 777Fs and 747-8Fs, and also is "considering" orders for the 777-300ER and/or the 747-8 Intercontinental, according to senior executives who briefed reporters yesterday in Seoul. Oct 17, 2006
UPS leaves open the possibility that it may buy or lease Boeing planes as a stopgap measure, or even cancel the order...