trex8 wrote:Anyone have some numbers for the 747-8 and 777F of how the cost per ton kilometer or whatever the cargo CASM equivalent is compares? Trip cost clearly must be less for the 777.
I think I remember hearing from Atlas when they bought Southern that the 747-8F and 777F complement each other. I think they said that the 777 was excellent at nonstop express flights out and back from a hub whereas the 747-8 was better at heavy lifting in the traditional circular freight routes. An example was HKG-CVG nonstop works on the 777 well whereas the 747 does HKG-ICN-NRT-ANC-CVG and back picking up cargo along the way. The airplanes fit in different types of networks.
It is also worth noting that the density of cargo differs significantly. I think I heard that the 747 does heavy freight better. It also has the nose door for flexibility. The 777 does lightweight express freight well. It depends if the airline is flying produce/vegetables/wine or amazon packages when deciding what is best. CASM doesn’t really make sense in the freight world since not all freight is the same density like passengers are assumed to be.