Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 28479 posts, RR: 84 Reply 1, posted (7 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 7135 times:
EK SkyCargo just cancelled their last five 747-8Fs (which they would have leased via DAE after originally selling them the 10 they had ordered directly from Boeing), so looks like EK will standardize on the 777 Freighter.
That refers to the 748I, not the F.
Btw, I think that this man is no true expert, since when is the "Triple" in the segment of the 748? Thats exactly as true as the 787 being in the same segment as the "Triple".
They do operate 4 744ERFs though. Which are quite new and don't replacing, that is correct. But how about MP? they operate a 744BCF and 6 MD11F's. Some people expect AF/KL will just let that division slowly go extinct, but is the cargo market so bad they will go from 11 freighters to zero? Of course, 77W's, 787s and A350s will take a lot of belly cargo, but I'm still not convinced KL won't need any new freighters in the future.
76er From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 463 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5521 times:
Quoting frigatebird (Reply 12): Some people expect AF/KL will just let that division slowly go extinct, but is the cargo market so bad they will go from 11 freighters to zero?
In that same interview Hartman came up with the answer: a relatively small core of freighters, augmented with wetleased capacity when needed. IMHO this will result in a small 744F fleet, perhaps a few more specimen than KL has now, with the MD11F's gone as they approach the end of their service life. The ERF's should have at least another 10+ years left, so if AFKL ever decides to order a replacement, it problably won't be in this decade.