No freighter orders for Boeing in 2012 — yet

Carriers reflect the downtrend in air cargo and stop ordering new freighters

2011 orders 79 planes air cargo Boeing downtrend freighters plane manufacturer

Reflecting the downtrend in air cargo around the world, plane manufacturers Boeing has till date got no orders for jet freighters this year. Its best year on record for freighter orders was in 2011: 79 planes valued at $19.5 bn.

The fall in air cargo shipments — 2.5 per cent worldwide through April 2012, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) — “hasn’t helped sales any of our freighter airplanes. Most certainly it’s in the mind of a lot of our customers and how they map out their near-term expansion plans”, said Tom Crabtree, regional director of cargo marketing for Boeing, in an interview to Bloomberg.