They’ve sold seven 757s to DHL
Ah, thanks. So that leaves around 17 757s? I guess some could be scrapped due to age?
By the time they're actually all converted, COVID will be in the rear view mirror.
That's possible, but the quote from AA's President of Cargo says "Up until a couple of years ago, the answer was just no" meaning even years ago there was a possibility of adding freighters, so even post-COVID it's still feasible?
Absolutely never going to happen. It makes no sense to have designated freight only aircraft/operation in a non pandemic world.
I'm assuming you're specifically talking about U.S. airlines and/or AA? Because there's obviously dozens of other airlines out there operating dedicated freighter fleets.
I am talking about any passenger carrier really but specifically in the US. I realize some have cargo only but I would contend that is not smart. If a route has enough cargo just add another of your B787s or other widebody to the route and also sell to passengers. Once you add up all the logistics of a cargo only operation on a small scale it would never ever make economic sense. It will always be a better decision just to add additional flights to a route and not have a designated cargo only operation. You are adding tremendous cost and complexity for only the benefit of cargo when you could just add another flight and get the benefit of both with zero additional cost or complexity. Again this is only an exercise in nothing is impossible but its 99,99% is in this case.
A passenger plane can’t haul the volume of a cargo plane. That’s why FedEx, UPS etc are in business and adding planes.
Cargo demand is high and rising. It takes two months now to get car parts and electronics from China as there isn’t enough lift or ships.
My first job with Piedmont in Air Cargo in Tampa. We had the origination of both LGW flight on the 762, we were the fifth busiest cargo station in the system and we would have to book freight a week before it was to go out due to volume.
Many foreign carriers have cargo fleets and dry lease and are making money.
Amazon is growing by leaps and bounds and have added 738s P2F
Why do you think AA, DL and UA ran thousands of cargo only flights recently?
All major cargo operators are growing, not shrinking.