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Operation question B767-300F

Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:41 pm

Hi everyone,

As passenger traffic is quiet, I get more and more interest in the air cargo business.

It seems the B767-300F (Converted one) is the best fit for cargo airlines. I did check various routes length, fleet utilization on Flight Radar and got very different results from an operator to another.

I'd like to know is there's a sweetspot regarding the B767-300F in terms of route length ?
Also, does the 767-300F is competitive on short hops as some cargo operators are flying them multiple times a day on 1h / 1h30 flights.

Many thanks.
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Re: Operation question B767-300F

Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:32 pm

The sweet spot will be point where the revenue onboard exceeds the cost to operate the segment.

For example the A330F while having good range cant generally carry enough cargo revenue to make its range worthwhile to utilize.

Also, keep in mind, the expeditor model is different than carrying general cargo, based on density and revenue.
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Re: Operation question B767-300F

Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:02 pm

The 767-300ERF might, and I do emphasise might, be the right aircraft for a given airline. But for another airline it might either be too much or too little.

If you need to move around 50 tons for around 7-8 hours, it might be the best option. DHL, for instance, used it extensively on the North Atlantic, supplemented by 747s, 777s and MD-11s. But they outgrew it, and the flights are now being taken over by the A332 and A333, still supplemented by the aforementioned types.

So the answer is, as it always is to this kind of question: It depends.
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Re: Operation question B767-300F

Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:42 pm

They're a good fit because no passenger operator wants them (cheap to buy) while still having enough parts supply.

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