Intra-Asian ripe for transition from belly to maindeck

Fundamental shifts are taking place in the structure of aviation market that is seeing the Asian markets become stronger and have more capability to enhance routes and fleets. Ultimately this will mean a transition from predominantly belly capacity to regional freighters, according to the head of M&B Conversions. DonaldUrquhart has the story. While forecasts indicate […]


Fundamental shifts are taking place in the structure of aviation market that is seeing the Asian markets become stronger and have more capability to enhance routes and fleets. Ultimately this will mean a transition from predominantly belly capacity to regional freighters, according to the head of M&B Conversions. DonaldUrquhart has the story.

While forecasts indicate the intra-Asian trade will soon exceed that of the transpacific, the regional cargo trade still lags behind in its growth, says Joseph Reinherz, managing director at Dublin-based M&B. “Currently, the regional air cargo is carried mainly in the belly of passenger airplanes and has not yet developed into regional main deck cargo carriers. The next few years provide opportunities to create such cargo airlines by local Asian financing.”

He says the absence of these regional freighters is the missing ingredient in building up the new emerging economy’s infrastructure and will eventually account for part of the increase in the market growth.

“For serving these particular routes and carriers we believe the B767-300 freighter provides a very solid solution by combining some good characteristics such as the largest range of its kind, capable of carrying up to 57 tonnes payload in many flexible configurations, a significantly lower fuel consumption and very low maintenance cost in comparison to other airplanes of the same size.”