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Aircraft Archive: McDonnell Douglas DC8-73F
New Freighter Orders Remain Elusive
The significant rebound in airfreight traffic, not least due to the massive increase in Chinese exports, has provided the basis for a return to service of many previously idle freighters. The demand for new freighters remains limited as evidenced by the lack of new orders. Some of the new freighters…

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July 19, 2010
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Improvement in Freighter Market Affects Values
The cargo market has once demonstrated its ability to be the first to signal emergence from the Great Recession such values of at least some freighters are actually rising once more. In April 2010, IATA reported a steep increase in demand, the latest since late last year. Load factors also…

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May 24, 2010
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Freight Market Edges Out of Recession
The improvement in the world economy is at last having a positive effect on airfreight such that freighter lease rentals have stabilized. Operators are at last placing surplus capacity back into service. The focus of attention is clearly on the newer aircraft types which offer greater fuel efficiency but there…

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April 26, 2010
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Freighter Values Start to Show Some Metal
The emergence of a number of countries from recession is at last translating into a demand for airfreight. The demand for airfreight capacity remains fragile with a number of widebody transports still parked awaiting the return of the good times. Yields remain low and directional imbalances continue to make some…

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March 1, 2010
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Rentals Start to Exhibit Stability As Market Improves
Cargo traffic levels have increased sufficiently to encourage the reintroduction of previously surplus capacity. Chinese carriers saw a significant improvement in November, registering year on year rises of between 30-60 percent compared to the previous year. In particular China is importing more products, outpacing exports. There is increased emphasis on…

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February 1, 2010
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Freighter Values Face Sustained Pressure
The decline in freight traffic is virtually unparalleled and latest figures still show falls when compared to traffic levels of September 2008, a month which itself showed the effects of the recession. Values have declined significantly, much more than for most passenger aircraft. There are exceptions. While some of the…

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November 9, 2009
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Freighters Rentals Wait for Traffic Rebound
The drop in airfreight continues with IATA reporting a year on year fall. The reading of airfreight traffic levels will become increasingly complicated as a year ago traffic was already sliding. Comparing forthcoming monthly figures with those of a year ago will increasingly see lesser falls but will mask the…

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October 12, 2009
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Freighter Values Continue to Flounder
The decline in airfreight traffic may not be as great as it was a few months ago but it remains sufficiently depressed as to continue to undermine values. There exists considerable excess capacity such that even if the world economy starts moving again, this will take time to translate into…

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August 3, 2009
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