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User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 3043 times:

Ever wondered about the age of freighter fleets? Brand new metal or noisy smokers?  Wink/being sarcastic Here's the answer.
In addition to my listings on average age of passenger fleets, I want to present some charts on freighter fleets.

Sames rules applied as last time. If you wanna check:



DHL Aviation: 15,3
DAS Cargo: 26,3
MK Airlines: 31,0
Transafrik: 32,3
Cargoplus: 35,0
African Int’l: 36,0
Johnsons Air: 36,0


China Airlines: 2,2
Singapore Als: 4,7
Air Hong Kong: 4,8
Korean Air: 6,5
EVA Air: 6,8
Asiana: 7,0
China Eastern: 12,2
Cathay Pacific: 13,6
China Postal: 15,8
Air China: 16,0
Yangtze River: 16,0
NCA: 16,4
Dragonair: 17,0
JAL: 18,2
Blue Dart: 23,4
Transmile: 25,8
RPX Airlines: 30,7
TRI-M.G.: 33,0


Australian Air Ex.: 23,8


KLM : 0,7
Global Supply : 5,7
Cargolux: 6,0
LH Cargo: 7,7
Star Air: 11,0
Islandsflug: 11,6
Westair Europe: 11,7
Westair Sweden: 12,5
Martinair: 12,7
Air France: 13,4
Europe Air Post: 14,1
Farnair: 14,4
Bluebird: 15,4
TNT Aws: 16,8
Pan Air: 18,0
Air Contractors: 18,6
Swift Air: 19,0
Air Atlanta: 19,3
EAT: 20,4
Channel Expr.: 22,6
MNG: 23,2
Aeroflot: 25,5
DHL Air: 28,5
Cygnus Air: 35,7

Latin/South America

LAN: 11,8
Venescar: 22,0
Total: 23,7
Estafeta: 24,3
Vaspex: 28,4
Cielos del Peru: 28,6
DHL Aero Exp.: 29,0
Varig Log: 29,6
Tampa Colombia: 31,0
Aerosucre: 32,7
Skymaster: 34,8
BETA Cargo: 36,0
LAS: 38,4

Middle East/Gulf

Emirates Sky Cargo: 4,0
Saudi Arabian: 8,6
EL AL: 24,3

North America

Polar Air: 13,9
UPS: 16,8
Atlas Air: 17,1
World Aws: 18,7
FedEx: 20,8
Gemini: 21,3
Northwest: 22,3
Tradewinds: 23,3
Centurion: 24,0
CargoJet: 24,4
Capital Cargo: 24,5
Asia Pacific: 25,3
Southern Air: 25,7
Astar Air: 26,9
Amerijet: 27,9
Express.net: 28,2
Kalitta Air: 28,8
All Canada Ex.: 28,5
Kitty Hawk: 30,4
ABX Air: 30,6
Morningstar: 30,8
Kelowna: 31,2
Custom Air: 31,4
Evergreen: 33,0
ATI: 34,3
Arrow Air: 35,0
Ameristar: 35,6
USAJet: 35,9
Contract Cargo: 36,7

Questions? Critics? Requests? Go ahead!


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User currently offlineDABZF From Germany, joined Mar 2004, 1202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 3005 times:

Nice stuff Udo!
Danke!  Smile

I like driving backwards in the fog cause it doesn't remind me of anything - Chris Cornell
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 2985 times:

Great roster, thanks . . . I'd put you in my respected list - but you're already there . . .  Big thumbs up

Danke, Herr Udo.

User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4396 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2854 times:

Udo, that is hard work, welcome to my RU list.

User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

Hello everyone,

thanks a lot for your comments!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Just wanted to add that my lists don't include operators with Russion-only equipment. I will work on that!


User currently offlinePhilhyde From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 678 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2670 times:

OK maybe I'm incredibly dense, but what are the numbers? I don't see the legend mentioned anywhere. Oldest,Newest perhaps?

HoustonSpotters Admin - Canon junkie - Aviation Nut
User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2655 times:


the numbers are years - average age of fleet. I should have included the legend again. I put the link to check the rules/legend on my other thread.


User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2653 times:

Very interesting list

It´s becoming clear the KLM Cargo´s won´t be in for much maintenance soon  Sad luckely we also do Atlas, TNT and Air Atlanta  Smile

Seems bigger freight carriers have a prefference for oldies.

What does this mean for the 772 LRF´s ?

User currently offlineHenpol747 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2567 times:

Danke schön Herr Udo,

How about MasAir Cargo and Aerounion, both cargo freighter from MEX?

Vive la France! ¡Viva México!
User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6540 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

Hi Udo, I noticed that in Europe Islandsflug's avarage cargo fleet age is 11.6 years.

Isn't it so that Islandsflug has one single cargo plane?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineMidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2514 times:


Nicely done sir!

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User currently offlineUPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2454 times:

Timeflys Smile It seems like yesterday that the UPS fleet was in the mid to high 20 range now UPS has the second youngest cargofleet in the US. I guess the 75,76,MD11 and A300 aquisitions starting in 1988 thru this very moment have reduced the fleet age tremendously.

Great Work Udo

User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

Hi again and thanks for your comments!


MAS Air only operates one B767-300ERF, leased from LAN. It’s a 2001 model.
Aerounion has two A300B freighters, one a 1977 model, the other one a 1979 model.


Islandsflug operates four A300-600RF (though they often fly for various airlines on short/medium term lease contracts). One of their A310-300F is on lease to Turkish Airlines, the other one may go to another airline soon (don’t know exactly yet). Additionally, one B737-300QC operates as freighter most of the time.

UPS Pilot,

The UPS fleet’s age has gone down a lot, mostly due to many brand new A300 (average 2,2) being introduced and many B727-100s going out. Their B757 fleet already has an average of 11 years, B767s are at seven, MD-11s at ten years. B747 classics, DC-8 and remaining B721 keep the fleet age up.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

Apart from Expenses point of view.An Aircraft that is Mantained well,is as good as a New one.
Any Aircraft out of a Major check is as good as new.
The Difficulty comes with Cost of spares & the frequency of checks/spares replacements prepared by regulation authorities.

Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2296 times:


your're absolutely right. I brought this point up in the other thread on average fleet age. The charts are not intended to comment negatively on the age of some fleets in general.

Btw, not only spares and more frequent checks increase operating costs of older fleets, but also fuel consumption of older engines and noise issues.


User currently offlineUPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 days ago) and read 2269 times:


You forgot one of the main expenses to your reply to MEL. UPS is focusing from a predominatly 3 man crew to a 2 man crew fleet. 727 to a 757, DC-8 to A300 or 767, and 747 to MD11. The DC8's are slowly being parked as the 721's.l

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