Lockheed Martin Unveils C-130J Commercial-Freighter Version

Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new member of the C-130J Super Hercules family, the LM-100J commercial freighter.

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Beijing-based China Postal Airlines joins Hangzhou-based YTO Airlines as a launch customer for the Boeing 737 BCF program.

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The two new 747-8Fs are the first to be delivered to the Russian scheduled air cargo carrier under a memorandum of understanding for 20 747-8Fs signed between Boeing and Volga-Dnepr Group at the Paris Air Show in June.

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Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing to order 20 more 747-8 Freighters, in a deal which also adds the Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan very large freighter on a long-term basis to the logistics support chain for Boeing and its partners.

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Qatar Airways has ordered 10 Boeing 777-8Xs and four 777 Freighters, in a deal which Boeing announced on the first day of the Paris Air Show 2015. Boeing also announced at the show that EVA Air intends to purchase five 777 Freighters.

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To be operated by Turkish Cargo, Turkish Airlines’ cargo wing, the four new Airbus A330-200F freighters will add to five it already has in service, from two previous rounds of orders for the type.

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Cargolux’s latest Boeing 747-8 Freighter delivery, the 30th new 747F delivered to the carrier, carries a special decal of the “Father of the Boeing 747”, Joe Sutter, the Boeing engineer who led the team that designed the Boeing 747.

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The order, which Boeing Commercial Airplanes values at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices, was first announced as an upcoming deal on January 8.

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Global logistics giant Panalpina and U.S. cargo airline Atlas Air are strengthening their long-standing partnership in the air cargo industry, with a new five-year agreement which envisages Panalpina expanding its “controlled” network of air cargo services.

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Azerbaijan-based cargo carrier Silk Way West Airlines and Boeing have announced that the two companies are finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement to be placed by Silk Way West for three Boeing 747-8 Freighters.

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The Baku, Azerbaijan-based carrier’s first Boeing 747-8F was delivered last week and the second aircraft was delivered on August 28.

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Announcing the launch of the new Q400 NextGen version at the Farnborough International Airshow, Bombardier Aerospace revealed it will offer a cargo-passenger Combi configuration that the company said would deliver the greatest payload capability and operational flexibility in its segment.

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FedEx Express has taken delivery of the first of 50 Boeing 767-300 Freighters it has on order. The 767 Freighters will replace Boeing/McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10 freighters on its domestic network.

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Silk Way Airlines, a cargo carrier based in Baku in Azerbaijan, has announced an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters. Boeing values the airline’s order for the two widebody freighters at $704 million at current list prices.

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The entire routing for Etihad Cargo’s round-the-world freighter service is Abu Dhabi-Hong Kong-Chicago-Miami-Viracopos-Quito-Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi. The routing is eastbound overall but features one westbound leg, Viracopos-Quito.

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Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. has confirmed it will begin daily non-stop Boeing 747-400 express freighter service between Cincinnati and Tokyo by the end of April. Polar also will double the frequency of its widebody freighter connections between the U.S. and Australia, via Japan, from two to four flights per week.

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Boeing has confirmed that Air China has agreed to order two more Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals, one additional 777-300ER and 20 737-800s. In addition, Air China Cargo, a subsidiary of Air China, has agreed to buy eight Boeing 777 Freighters.

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Cathay Pacific Airways has ordered three more Boeing 747-8 Freighters. The order, which Boeing values at approximately $1 billion at list prices, also includes options for five Boeing 777 Freighters.

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Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777 Freighter, the carrier becoming the first African airline to operate the type. Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines is leasing its first Boeing 777 Freighter from GE Capital Aviation Services and has five more on order.

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