With the global freighter fleet being the busiest out there, what does the data tell us about what is going on? It turns out the, based on US T-100 data, Boeing dominates this business segment with its dedicated freighters. Looking at the Top Ten freighter types on a pound per departure, the 747 is making a comeback rather than disappearing.  In addition, the 777F is performing impressively as the highest payload carrier on a per-flight basis. The MD11 survives among these Boeings but its trend is going down.

The chart above also shows that there is another segment among the Top Ten that falls into a category that is less than half what the Boeing‘s and MD11 carry on a per-flight basis.  Many of these aircraft are moving freight in their bellies as they are primarily passenger carriers.  

As an example, below is what we see at United Airlines. On the left chart, we see that United started to grow its freight business again in 2013. Note the 777-300ER is doing well freight wise, while the 787-9 is carrying less freight. But the 787-10, 787-8, and the 767s are seeing more freight per flight.

 

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