One of the key topics at Dubai Airshow has been the growth of the freighter market. With the launch order for the Airbus A350F, Embraer announcing it will enter the freighter market, and Boeing and some of its customers saying they will expand the passenger-to-freighter activities, there is real momentum here. Is there an overkill of (converted) freighters? We have a detailed look.
Whichever airframer you talk to, they all see that there is sustained growth of the freighter market now. In its Commercial Market Outlook presented in September, Boeing says the full-freighter market will grow from 2.010 aircraft in 2019 to 3.435 in 2040. This includes 440 new medium widebody and 450 large widebody aircraft, plus 1.200 single-aisle and 520 wide-body conversions. In Dubai, Boeing wasn’t ready to launch the 777X Freighter but that is a matter of time.
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