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Awesome Antonovs

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the maiden flight of the iconic Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan freighter, one of its biggest operators – cargo airline Volga-Dnepr – has organised a photo competition to capture the raw beauty of these bulky lumps of aluminium. Over 130 professional and amateur snappers entered images, with the pic of the bunch these […]

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UPS takes its 50th 767 freighter

Fresh out the box at Boeing’s Everett plant is global parcel behemoth UPS’s 50th 767-300 Freighter. According to Boeing’s order figures it’s still got another nine of the type to arrive. Meanwhile its great rival, FedEx, has 27 of the cargo aircraft on order. Credit: Boeing

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Cargolux’s big beast off to Bangkok

From the Commercial Aviation gallery on Flightglobal/AirSpace here’s Cargolux’s shiny new Boeing 747-8F shortly after departure to Bangkok. Credit: user Commercial Aviation on AirSpace

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First A330-200F for Yangtze River Express

We love a freighter round these parts, and here’s a shot of a fresh-off-the-production-line Airbus A330-200F, destined for Chinese carrier Yangtze River Express. The airline, part of HNA Group, has five of the type on order. Credit: French Frogs Aviation Pics

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Antonov An-124 in New Zealand

Spotted this on the New Zealand Defence Force’s flickr stream. It’s an Antonov An-124-100 fresh from delivering the country’s first NH Industries NH90 helicopters to 3 Sqn at RNZAF Base Ohakea from Marignane, France. Credit: New Zealand Defence Force

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Iraqi Airways Ilyushin Il-76MD

File under ‘where are they now’. Pictured at London Heathrow in 1986, this freighter was operated by Iraqi Airways – essentially the Iraqi Air Force – until it was acquired by Aeroflot in 1988. Then it transferred to Uzbek firm TAPC Aviatrans in 1992 (registration UK-76821) and has since been leased to airlines including Airstars and Silk […]

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Fiftieth fabulous freighter flies for FedEx

As a former logistics hack, I have a soft spot for the grungy world of cargo carriers. But somehow Boeing’s 777 Freighter almost muscles its way into the ‘glamorous’ category, particularly in FedEx livery. It’s a programme that’s going great guns too – this being the 50th 777F, and the 16th for FedEx, pictured on its departure from Paine Field yesterday. […]

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Will they, won’t they… Cargolux’s 747-8F

Today was meant to be the day that Boeing sailed over one of the many delivery hurdles littering its path with the handover of the first 747-8F to Cargolux. Except that now seems to be on a back-burner as Cargolux – under pressure from 35% shareholder Qatar Airways – has refused to accept the aircraft. […]

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Airbus prepares to transport first A350 upper wing-cover

Picture credit: Airbus  Airbus is preparing to transport the first A350 upper wing-cover from Germany to the airframer’s main wing facility in the UK. It has loaded the upper cover, manufactured at its Stade plant, onto one of its A300-600ST freighters for transit to Broughton over the next few days. Continue reading…

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Etihad’s first 777 freighter

Etihad Airways today took delivery of its Boeing 777 freighter, which is based on the -200LR variant. The aircraft joins Etihad’s 777 fleet of seven -300ER variants.The acceptance comes near the end of this week’s Paris air show. At the last major European air show–Farnborough 2010–Eithad took took delivery of its first A330-200F.The 777F can […]

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