Wide-body freighters such as the 747 Combi are carrying an increasing amount of freight traffic worldwide, but the world's freight airlines have an increasingly urgent need for a smaller aircraft to replace their narrow body types. Traditionally, this role has been filled by the McDonnell Douglas DC 8F family. The older DC 8's are mainly used by the newer freight operators for the simple reason that they are cheaper. The customer has to consider the total economics of air freight, including the advantage of speed and low damage rates, when contemplating its high cost. Boeing is developing a simple and effective method of predicting the growth of air freight markets and indicating what commodities are likely to move by air. Factors such as value per kilogram, market growth rate, density, fragility, and market time sensitivity are used to determine "air eligibility." One of the major problems facing every other freight carrier that relies on the DC 8 is the impending noise legislation which will force the DC 8's out service. Air freight, it is noted, is facing a problem in the mid-to-late 1980's in that it could find its development constricted by the lack of a suitable vehicle. The question now is whether the air cargo industry can support a pure freighter that will provide a returen on investment for its manufacturer and its operators? Developments in the industry suggest that the cargo airlines may turn to derivatives of military aircraft rather than airliners to fill the all-important DC-8 gap.

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    IPC Transport Press, Limited

    Dorset House, Stamford Street
    London SE1 9LU,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1978-7-22

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 297-300
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  • Accession Number: 00179886
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Flight International
  • Report/Paper Numbers: N3618
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM