Skyliner-aviation.de reports Areostan has put it's 742F back into service, blasting away with JT9D power.
EX-47001 (formerly with United, NW Cargo and Kalitta)
Good to see 47001 getting back into the game. It operated into Vietnam earlier today. EX-47002, another 742F is also set to spread its wings again.
Spacepope- I'm interested in your take on an angle, if you are willing to play along. IF you were starting up a cargo company today and had to choose either a DC-8-73F or a 747-200F, which jet would you go with and why?
Well now, I'm just a paleontologist, so this is just fanboy arm waving, however it's a huge "it depends". The DC-8-73 does have the advantage of smaller size so the use of it on ad-hoc regional routes makes it easier to consistently fill. Its engines are also easier to support, however since there's literally less than a dozen flying all the rest of the spares are going to be rare and spendy. You aren't flying this transoceanic though, it's local traffic you're hunting.
However to make a quick buck a lot of the recent COVID shipping is Asia-Europe or North America where a 742F makes a lot of sense, especially with CF6-50 engines. Kalitta retired their last 3 examples because of no green time on any of the engines (JT9D). However airframe spares are orders of magnitude more common, and if you get a decent price and hang some motors on with a thousand hours of life left, you could make a lot of money nowadays and treat the aircraft as disposable.
One thing I'm seeing across the area in the mountain west right now is that companies are chugging along with the equipment they had on hand before the virus. Good enough for now but you're going to end up seeing disposal of some very tired things and demand for replacement will spike. This will send a shock through supply chains as manufacturers try to bump production (I'm guessing late Feb to March) when they will have no choice but to pull the trigger on old equipment that is keeping them from doing their jobs, and the bottom-feeding of the used markets dries up supplies. In this sort of scenario, the 742F is much more valuable (bringng the stupid random need-it-now stuff from Asia to maintain production, where those thinking of the DC8 will find stiffer local market competition from 738F and smaller haulers.
Of course the longer pax belly freight is out of the equation, the more interesting these revivals (and the 727-225F possible ressurection I mentioned a few days ago) will get.