AIRCRAFT manufacturer Boeing received a total of 71 orders in 2015 for its B747-8F, B777F and B767-300F aircraft, up from just 20 freighter orders in 2014.
Its European rival Airbus received a total of four orders, all from Turkish Airlines in March, for its A330-200F aircraft. This compares with zero orders placed for the aircraft in 2014.
Last year the two manufacturers delivered a total of 45 freighters, up from 35 in 2014.
While Boeing may have dominated the production freighter market in 2015, Airbus received more orders overall. Airbus won 1,036 orders in 2015 compared with the 768 received by Boeing.
This moves the European manufacturer’s orderbook to 6,787 aircraft compared with Boeing’s 5,795, reported London's Air Cargo News.
However, Boeing delivered more aircraft during the year, with 762 handed over to customers while Airbus' deliveries totalled 635.
The most popular freighter last year proved to be the fuel-efficient medium-widebody B767-300F. All orders of the aircraft were placed by FedEx as part of a fleet renewal programme, with 46 of these orders being placed in July.
It also has options for a further 50 of the aircraft. The new orders will be delivered from fiscal 2018 through 2023.
Other major orders in the year were, Korean Air’s decision to take five B777Fs in February; Silk Way’s order for three B747-8Fs, Qatar’s order for four B777Fs and EVA Air’s order for five B777Fs.
The other big freighter order news from last year was the memorandum of understanding signed by AirBridgeCargo (ABC) and Boeing in June for twenty B747-8F aircraft.
Source : HKSG.