Could Boeing's dominance in the widebody freighter market help swing more airlines to possibly buy more commercial aircraft ???
Freighters: Boeing’s broad smile
With a flood of orders and two product launches, Boeing has reversed its fortunes in the large freighter market
But then came a dramatic turnaround. In all, according to Thomas Crabtree, regional director, airline market analysis at Boeing, the company received 73 orders for factory-built large widebody freighters in the year to February – this in a sector where an order for 10 aircraft can still make the headlines.
On the downside, Emirates shows no sign of expanding its order for two A380Fs and instead recently ordered eight 777 freighters. “The A380F will not have the same operational flexibility as other types because of the equipment required to load the upper deck,” says Ram Menen, senior vice-president cargo. “Until more airports are equipped with new high loaders that have this capability, the A380Fs will be restricted to our high-density trunk routes.”