Freighters

Welcome to Freighters from Aircraft Analytics, the new commercial aircraft data and analysis platform developed by Aircraft Commerce and Aircraft IT.

With millions of data points powering sophisticated digital tools, data tables and detailed analysis, Freighters provides subscribers with access to unique real-world operating performance and costs data, by aircraft type, as well as a full understanding of the complex Passenger-to-Freighter (P-to-F) ecosystem.

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Welcome to Freighters

With record demand for air cargo, new passenger-to-freighter conversion options entering the market, and an increase in available feedstock airframes due to early fleet retirements, freighter aircraft have never been in more demand.

Freighters, used worldwide by airlines, consultants, law firms, Leasing companies, aircraft financiers, MROs, cargo brokers, and more, as a trusted data partner, provides the tools, data and analysis required to fully evaluate and compare the real-world operating performance and costs of each freighter aircraft including, performance and fuel burn, maintenance & engineering, specifications and weights, loading configurations, airframe and engine costs and more.  Additionally, airlines and operators can benchmark their own performance and costs against real-world standards or compare with other aircraft.

With millions of data points powering sophisticated digital tools, data tables and detailed analysis, Freighters uniquely pulls together key industry data, plus real-world operating performance data and costs to provide a one-stop freighter aircraft and P-to-F industry data resource, supporting subscribers with instant critical market analysis:

  • Use the real-world operating and industry data and costs to support your own market analysis or use Freighters as your one-stop freighter aircraft and P-to-F industry data and reference partner
  • Keep up-to-date with analysis and data regarding new aircraft types and conversion platforms such as the 737-900F
  • Access detailed maintenance planning guides and costs per aircraft. Flex the numbers or drill down to granular data and costs
  • Use the digital tools to identify the most suitable aircraft for a given business model and mission type
  • Compare the benefits and limitations of each freighter aircraft and the different conversion programs
  • Gain an understanding of the passenger feedstock selection criteria which are so important for a successful P-to-F conversion program
  • Fully understand the complex P-to-F ecosystem and the relationships between the key stakeholders, including STC holder corporate profiles, conversions lines and conversion centres
  • Benchmark operating data and costs against real-world standards or compare with other aircraft
Freighters - Virtual Network Aircraft Performance Tool
Freighters - Payload-Range Performance Tool
Freighters - Loading Configurations Tool

“Providing a gold mine of data to airlines and those others looking to review freighters”
Michael Bryan, Founding Principal & Managing Director, Closed Loop Consulting

Freighters Module Breakdown

Use the accordions below to see in-depth product info, screenshots, and demo videos for each key section

Select and flex input options in the digital tools and use the detailed analysis and output tables to fully understand the benefits and limitations of each aircraft variant using nose-to-tail real-world decision grade data including:

An annual subscription license to Freighters also provides…

Freighters - Databases

Detailed Freighters Demos and Information

Use the accordion links below for a detailed look at what’s included within Freighters.  Each section includes its own demo video as well as further info and screenshots. The first accordion is automatically opened, to close it click on the title. 

Key Features:

Aircraft Performance Data and Analysis: Payload-Range Tool

Use the unique and powerful Aircraft Analytics Payload-Range digital tool to asses real-world aircraft performance

The interactive Payload-Range Tool uses unique algorithms to generate real-world performance data from over 5 million data points.  Subscribers can flex the data as they like using detailed aircraft specifications and real-world operational conditions. 

Throughout the tool, colour-coded percentages show an easy comparison between the two selected aircraft. The percentage variance shows how the second aircraft compares with the first in each metric, with red indicating inferior performance or specifications and green highlighting superior performance or specifications.

1. Users select aircraft specifications, operational conditions and sector length:

Input fields allow subscribers to generate personalised performance data with the following sections:

  • Aircraft Type:  select from narrow-body aircraft with active Passenger-to-Freighter (P-to-F) programs or those with P-to-F STCs under development. Select one aircraft or choose to compare the data for two competing types
  • Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) holder for the P-to-F conversion
  • Engine Type: choose from the available engine options for the selected aircraft types
  • Winglet Options: choose from the winglet options for the selected aircraft type
  • Performance Degredation Factor (PDF): ranging from 0% to 9%
  • Units of Measure  (Imperial or Metric)
  • Take-Off airport elevation using real-world airports: New York JFK (Sea Level), Frankfurt Hahn (1,650 feet), Bengaluru (3,000 feet), Nairobi (5,350 feet), and Mexico City (7,300 feet)
  • Average Wind Component (enroute): choose from -50, 0 and 50 kt wind component options
  • Sector Length, ranging from 80 to 4000 nm (measured in great circle distance)
2. The selected inputs generate auto-populated key performance outputs for the selected aircraft and engine combination:  
  1. Detailed specifications, including:
    – Engine thrust rating
    – MZFW and weight options
    – Loading configurationsdetailed by main and lower decks
    – Default containerised configuration designed for integrator, mail or e-commerce options
    – ULD specifications including: type, internal volume and tare weight

  2. Detailed aircraft certified weights and fuel capacity including:
    – MTW – Maximum Taxi Weight
    – MTOW = Maximum Take-Off Weight
    – MLW = Maximum Landing Weight
    – MZFW = Maximum Zero Fuel Weight
    – OEW = Operating Empty Weight
    – MSP = Maximum Structural Payload
    – Tank Capacity

  3. Performance over user-defined sector distance, features operational data for four real-world mission scenarios:
    – Case 1: Maximum Available Payload
    – Case 2: Maximum Volumetric Payload
    – Case 3: Engine & Cradle Payload
    – Case 4: NIL Payload (positioning sector)

    Data includes:
    – Sector Block Fuel Burn
    – Sector Block Time
    – Revenue payload per unit of fuel
    – Fuel burn per revenue tonne mile (RTM)

  4. Payload-Range specific data used to populate the graph.  Data scenarios:
    – Maximum Gross Payload & Range at MTOW
    – Maximum Payload & Range at MTOW/Full Tanks
    – Maximum Range will NIL Payload, Full Tanks
    – Range with Maximum Volumetric Payload
    – Range with Engine & Cradle Payload

    Data includes:
    – Sector Gross Payload
    – Achievable Range
    – Sector Block Time
    – Sector Block Fuel
    – Sector Bock Fuel

  5. View the dynamic Payload-Range Chart
    The calibrated Payload-Range chart responds to the user’s selections. Hovering a curser over the graph reveals the available payload at a given range for each aircraft. Data includes:
    – Comparative PLR metrics for two aircraft
    – Vertical marker for user-defined sector length
    – Horizontal markers for comparative MVP

  6.  View Vertical Flight Profiles resulting from missions performed that correspond to key PLR graph data points (B,C,D). Additional charts are provided for max volumetric payload (MVP) and engine & cradle missions

  7. Drill down to see the associated flight data at flight plan level, including a breakdown of the reserve fuels and operationally limiting weight specifications

Data Verification, Updates and New Payload-Range Digital Tools

The data used within the Payload-Range Tool is heavily researched and verified ensuring subscribers have access to the best and most accurate data available. The data is regularly updated so subscribers can be sure they are accessing the most up-to-date information.

A subscription to Freighters includes all data releases and new Payload-Range Tools covering wide-body and regional aircraft which are scheduled for release in 2021

Click to enlarge all screenshots:

View the full Payload-Range tool
View the ‘Quick Start User Guide’ to see full range of inputs and data outputs
The dynamic PLR chart
Dynamic Vertical Flight Profiles
Drill down to flight plan level data
View key data for four real-world mission scenarios

Subscribe to Freighters today for instant access to this content and all the other features and data outlined on this page.

Key Features:

Freighter Loading Configurations Tool

Explore the unique functionality available in the Aircraft Analytics Freighter Loading Configurations Tool

Use the unrivalled in-depth data and analysis to quickly evaluate the key loading characteristics of each freighter.  Algorithms analyse 1000s of data points to determine the optimum commercial opportunities for each aircraft by revealing their flexibility in accommodating key different types of cargo: Express and e-Commerce, General Cargo, and High Density.

Analyse key Main Deck and Lower Deck data points:

  • Select any one of 26 optimum narrow-body freighter pallet configurations, and the Tool will instantly display up to 500 data points across both the Main Deck and Lower Decks. The user can then choose to switch the display between structural ULDs or netted pallets.
  • Access detailed summaries of loading configurations by position for Main Deck and Lower Deck, including permissible loads, optimum ULDs and running loads.

Easy at-a-glance comparison between freighters:

  • Eleven key parameters for the selected configuration can be compared with the equivalent data points for any other narrow-body freighter, with colour-coding being applied to the percentage variance in each case to show the strengths and weaknesses of the competing freighter at-a-glance.

The Aircraft Analytics unique dynamic Loading Configurations Analysis Chart:

  • Use the unique Aircraft Analytics Loading Configuration Chart to understand the key characteristics of each freighter conversion, and its suitability for cargo markets of different densities.
  • This dynamic chart defines the essential character of each freighter, providing the user with a unique insight into the trade-offs between key operational parameters.
  • Easily see the maximum permissible loads by position on the Main Deck, and in the Lower Holds; and compare pallet position loads of competing freighter types. 
  • Reveal the commercial opportunities for each aircraft, by analysing the flexibility of each aircraft in accommodating different types of cargo.
View detailed aircraft side profiles:
  • View detailed side-profiles of each aircraft showing precise, optimum, pallet train loading positions
  • Access additional detailed aircraft side profiles and data tables highlighting the key characteristics of each conversion program, including: Main Deck door dimensions, location and loading clearance, 9G barrier details, cargo loading specifications, supernumerary compartment details and more.  All available in the ‘Freighter Type Directory’ or ‘Freighter Specifications’ Tiles via the main dashboard.
 Access additional, non-optimum loading configurations:
  •  View data for additional, non-optimum loading configurations for each freighter type via the ‘Freighter Specifications’ or ‘Freighter Type Directory’ tiles via the main dashboard.

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Analyse Main Deck and Lower Deck data points
Easy at-a-glance comparison between freighters using 11 key parameters
The unique dynamic Loading Configurations Analysis Chart
View detailed side profiles
View non-optimum loading configurations for each freighter

Data Verification, Updates and New Loading Configuration Tools

The data used within the Loading Configuration Tool is heavily researched and verified ensuring subscribers have access to the best and most accurate data available. The data is regularly updated with exclusive data provided by key industry partners so subscribers can be sure they are accessing the most up-to-date information.

A subscription to Freighters includes all data releases and new Loading Configuration Tools covering wide-body and regional aircraft which are scheduled for release in 2021. 

Subscribe to Freighters today for instant access to this content and all the other features and data outlined on this page.

Aircraft Performance Data and Analysis: Virtual Network Tool

Use the unique and powerful Aircraft Analytics Virtual Network digital tool to test each freighter in challenging operational scenarios and asses real-world aircraft performance

Key Features:

The interactive Virtual Network digital tool provides subscription with a unique, independent desktop evaluation tool for analysing real-world aircraft performance and efficiency across different air cargo specific global networks and routes.

Subscribers can flex the data to test aircraft over four real-world mission scenarios including maximum available payload and maximum volumetric payload, using 18 global routes with sector lengths ranging from 268 to 2,400 nm. Select realistic commercial and operational specifications and conditions including the operating season, cost of fuel, airport elevation, performance degradation factor, and more.

The selections generate detailed and highly accurate network and route-level real-world performance data, as well as detailed aircraft specifications.

1. Users Selections: global air cargo network, mission type, aircraft specifications, operational conditions:

Input fields allow subscribers to generate bespoke performance data with the following options:

  • Virtual Network: Select one from three realistic air cargo route networks in Americas, Asia and Europe which have been carefully tailored to reveal the key performance attributes of each freighter. Mexico City, Leipzig and Shenzhen have been chosen as default hub airports, each with six ‘spoke’ destinations, ranging from a track distance of 268 nm for Leipzig-Cologne, to over 2,400nm for Shenzhen-Bangalore
  • Mission: Select from one of four real-world mission types over which to compare aircraft performance across the chosen network, namely maximum structural payload, maximum volumetric payload, an AOG ‘rescue’ mission carrying only an engine and its associated cradle, or an empty positioning sector
  • Aircraft Type: select from narrow-body aircraft with active Passenger-to-Freighter (P-to-F) programs or those with P-to-F STCs under development. Select one aircraft or choose to compare the data for two competing types
  • Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) holder for the P-to-F conversion
  • Engine Type: choose from the available engine options for the selected aircraft types
  • Winglet Options: choose from the winglet options for the selected aircraft type
  • Performance Degredation Factor (PDF): ranging from 0% to 9%
  • Units of Measure  (Imperial or Metric)
  • Operational Season: choose between summer and winter to generate a route-specific, real-world 85% reliability average seasonal wind component
  • Average cost of fuel: Providing full flexibility for users to input the fuel cost of their choosing, allowing for fluctuations in oil prices to keep the data as accurate as possible
2. Detailed Aircraft Specifications:

The users inputs generate the following key aircraft specifications:
  1. Detailed aircraft specifications, including:
    – Engine thrust rating
    – MZFW and weight options
    – Loading configurations are detailed by main and lower decks
    – Default containerised configuration designed for integrator, mail or e-commerce options
    – ULD specifications including: type, internal volume and tare weight
  2. Detailed aircraft certified weights and fuel capacity including:
    – MTW – Maximum Taxi Weight
    – MTOW = Maximum Take-Off Weight
    – MLW = Maximum Landing Weight
    – MZFW = Maximum Zero Fuel Weight
    – OEW = Operating Empty Weight
    – MSP = Maximum Structural Payload
    – Tank Capacity

3. Performance Data: Network Level Summary

Users access 1000s of key performance data points at network level related to the selected hub. The selected routes offer users the opportunity to evaluate aircraft performance over increasing sector lengths and different airport elevations, in some cases up to and beyond the edge of performance capabilities for certain freighters. Data includes

  1.  View detailed network data points and a hub and spoke network map displaying the great circle route for each of the six airport pairs. Data points displayed in the table include:
    – Origin and destination airport for each sector
    – Great Circle Distance (GCD) of each sector
    – Gross Payload (GPL)
    – Net Revenue Payload (NRP)
    – Containerised Volume (VOL)
    – Block Time and Fuel Burn
    – A comparison of the two selected aircraft on each sector in terms of GPL, NRP, VOL and Fuel Burn. Data tables and bar charts show the comparison data
  2. Access total network production and fuel consumption outputs for each aircraft, plus comparison between aircraft. The data accounts for the sum of outputs across all sectors flown in the network.  Data includes:
    – Fuel Burn
    – Block Time
    – Fuel Cost
    – Net Payload
    – Available Volume
    – NRP/Fuel Cost
    – VOL/Fuel Cost
  3. View an overview of basic sector and individual airport parameters for the selected virtual network. Sector data includes:
    – Great Circle Distance (GCD)
    – Track Distance (TD)
    – Wind Component (WC)

    Airport data includes:
    – Elevation
    – ISA air temperature
    – Best runway (TORA, TODA, ASDA, Slopw, LDA)

4. Performance Data: Route Level Data

Drill down to view key performance data at individual route level, including Take-Off and Landing Performance data tables.

  1.  View detailed route level data points including a map displaying great circle route for the selected airport pair. Data points displayed in the table include:
    – Total Fuel Burn
    – Available Revenue Payload
    – Available ULD Volume
    – AFTM/Fuel Burn
    – ULD Volume/Fuel Burn

  2. Route specific performance data featuring a flight planning route map. Data includes:
    – Flight planning assumptions: including contingency fuel policy, distance to alternate airport and holding/reserve fuel assumptions
    – Actual Take-Off Weight
    – Actual Landing Weight
    – Actual Zero Fuel Weight
    – Fuel Burn
    – Gross Payload
    – Limiting operational weight
    – Fuel Cost
    – ATC Cost
    – AFTM/K – available freight tonne miles/kilometres
    – Fuel Cost per unit of revenue payload
    – Fuel Cost per revenue tonne mile/kilometres

  3. Take-Off and Landing Performance summary for each aircraft. Take-Off outputs include:
    – Restricted Take-Off Weight (RTOW)
    – Flap Position
    – Limiting Factor

    Landing outputs include:
    – Approach/Climb-limited gross weight
    – Landing distance-limited gross weight

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View the full Virtual Network tool
View the ‘Quick Start User Guide’ to see full range of inputs and data outputs in the Virtual Network Summary Screen
View the ‘Quick Start User Guide’ to see full range of inputs and data outputs in the Virtual Network Individual Route Summary Screen
Drill down to route specific performance data
Data displayed for the entire network
Round-Trip key performance data
View total network production for each aircraft
Summary of selected aircraft certified weights
View summary of key airport and sector data relatin to the selected network
View key Take-Off and Landing Performance data

Data Verification, Updates and New Virtual Network Digital Tools

The data used within the Virtual Network Tool is heavily researched and verified, and drawn from leasing aircraft performance sources, including Aircraft Analytics flight planning partner PPS,  ensuring subscribers have access to the best and most accurate data available. The data is regularly updated so subscribers can be sure they are accessing the most up-to-date information.

A subscription to Freighters includes all data releases and new Virtual Network Tools covering wide-body and regional aircraft which are scheduled for release in 2021

Subscribe to Freighters today for instant access to this content and all the other features and data outlined on this page.

Databases

Freighters initially provides subscribers with six Databases:

Key Features:

1. Freighter Program Overview Database

Data tables include:

  • Conversion numbers by aircraft type
  • Conversion numbers by STC holder
  • Conversion market share by STC holder
  • Optimum main deck loading configurations
  • Feedstock fleet numbers by age category

2. Performance & Efficiency Overview Database:

View key performance metrics for typical Freighters based on representative aircraft type / engine type / certified weight combinations. Data tables include:

  • Maximum range with MSP & MVP
  • Block fuel with MSP & MVP
  • Block time with MSP & MVP
  • Available ton miles per unit of fuel with MSP & MVP

3. Technical Specifications Overview Database:

View key operational metrics for typical Freighters based on representative aircraft type / engine type / certified weights combinations. Data tables include:

  • Optimum main and lower deck loading configurations
  • Maximum structural payload (MSP)
  • Maximum Net Revenue Payload
  • Total containerised volume
  • Maximum packing density
  • Maximum payload (MVP) at typical express packing density

4. Feedstock Values Database:

View future aircraft market values as an indicator for potential Freighter feedstock acquisition costs. This key market intelligence data is supplied by industry data partner Oriel. Data tables include:

  • Values per aircraft variant including: year of manufacturer (YOM), MTOW, engine variant, winglets
  • Maximum and minimum values
  • Values listed per year showing values depreciating over time

5. Approved Conversion Centres (MROs) Database:

Outputs include which MRO facilities provide touch labour for the Passenger-to-Freighter conversion process, on which aircraft types and for which STC holders. Data tables include:

  • Aircraft type
  • Number of conversions
  • MRO conversion line capacity
  • More…

6. MSN Level Narrow-Body Freighter Listing Database:

Detailed MSN level data listing covering conversion and production history of all narrow-body types for which there are active conversion programs. 770 unique aircraft are listed in the database. View crucial market intelligence covering key data points for each narrow-body aircraft in the global fleet. Data tables for each aircraft include:

  • Type of conversion
  • Where and when the conversion was performed
  • The MRO that performed the touch labour
  • STC holder for the conversion
  • CLS Manufacturer
  • Current Aircraft Status
  • Current Aircraft Registration Number

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Freighter Program Overview Database
Performance & Efficiency Overview Database
Technical Specifications Overview Database
Feedstock Values Database
Approved Conversion Centres (MRO) Database
MSN Level Narrow-Body Freighter Listing Database

Data Verification and Updates

The data within each database is regularly updated and is date and sourced stamped ensuring subscribers have access to the best and most accurate data available. A subscription to Freighters includes all data releases and features providing subscribers with new and varied data throughout the subscription period.

Additional databases scheduled for release in 2021 include: 

  • Engines Database
  • Empirical Aircraft Weights Database
  • freighterdata.aero
  • Preighters Database
  • Airworthiness Directives Database

Subscribe to Freighters today for instant access to this content and all the other features and data outlined on this page.

Freighter Type Directory and Guide

Access a detailed, in-depth Owner’s and Operator’s Guide for each narrow-body aircraft, built around easy to navigate tiles and quick links

Key Features:

Providing subscribers with easy access to the data and analysis needed to fully understand the key operating considerations and costs for each freighter aircraft.

The data and analysis is divided into six core content areas: Program Overview, Detailed Specifications, Performance & Efficiency, Maintenance & Engineering, Freighter Feedstock Selection Guide, Engine Specifications and Costs

1. Program Overview

  • Production and Fleet Status: View summaries of production trends and fleet status for each aircraft type by passenger fleet and freighter fleet showing aircraft as active, in maintenance, or stored.
  • Freighter Choices: Easily determine the status of available conversion programs by aircraft and STC holder
  • Freighter Conversion Overview: Analyse data showing conversion trends for each freighter type, including average feedstock at age of conversion, conversions by STC Holder, conversions by location, and more

2. Detailed Specifications

  • STC Conversion Characteristics: View detailed aircraft side profiles and data tables highlighting the key characteristics of each conversion program, including: Main Deck door dimensions, location of loading clearance, 9G barrier details, cargo loading systems specifications, supernumerary compartment details and more
  • Certified Weights: Access extensive analysis and data tables of the certified weight options for feedstock and converted freighter aircraft
  • Loading Configurations: Use the Aircraft Analytics Loading Configuration data tables and analysis charts to evaluate the key loading characteristics of each freighter. Analyse both optimum and non-optimum loading configurations and identify each type’s suitability and flexibility for cargo markets with different densities: Express and e-Commerce, General Cargo, High Density

3. Performance & Efficiency
The performance & efficiency section utilises the powerful Aircraft Analytics Payload-Range and Virtual Network Performance Tools. Click through to the tools from your selected aircraft type in the Freighter type directory to access the data fields already populated with that freighter type:

  • Payload-Range: Access over 5 million data points at your fingertips in the powerful Aircraft Analytics Payload-Range Performance Tool. Quickly evaluate and compare key performance characteristics across four different, realistic, payload mission scenarios, and flex the data to show the impact of real-world operational factors
  • Virtual Network: Test aircraft performance, using the Aircraft Analytics Virtual Network Performance Tool, on three carefully tailored route networks across four real-world commercial missions.  Compare fuel burn, available payload, available volume and more. 

4. Maintenance & Engineering
Evaluate key airframe and engine on-wing maintenance requirements including details of check cycles and task groupings, plus real-world cost estimates:

  • Maintenance Planning Guide: Access a comprehensive Maintenance Planning Guide suitable in depth and detail for Maintenance Planners either in need of a deep dive or a quick-look reference point, and C-Level executives across the industry with a need to know about the commercial factors driving maintenance costs. Content includes: MPD overview, details of check cycles and check task groupings, the Aircraft Analytics MPD Task Quick Look Reference Matrix, freighter STC specific maintenance checks, aircraft zones & access analysis and maps, non-routine work analysis, production planning guide
  • Detailed Maintenance Costs: View detailed cost forecasts for freighter conversion and post-conversion maintenance check scenarios. The costs forecast are based on real-world commercial pricing used by MROs. Content includes: a detailed breakdown of forecast maintenance costs at time of conversion, including multiple conversion check scenarios; post conversion C Check cost guides which forecast the future maintenance burden for each freighter. Also view a Commercial Quote Guide with key insights into commercial factors as part of the MRO check quotation process, including man-hour estimate construction guide, production planning notes, workscope costs construction guide, and other costing variables such as material rate, labour rate, AD and SB allowances, and more.

5. Freighter Feedstock Selection Guide
Use the powerful data analysis Aircraft Analytics comparison tools to identify the freighter aircraft most suitable for investment or operations using real-world operating scenarios before referring to this Feedstock selection guide to gain an understanding of the type-specific passenger feedstock selection criteria which are so important for a successful P-to-F conversion program:

  • Feedstock Maintenance Considerations: View data tables and analysis to identify key maintenance considerations in the feedstock selection process including: Limits of Validity or Design Service Goals, ageing structural maintenance task thresholds and significant Airworthiness Directives (ADs)
  • Freighter Operational Considerations: Review operational status and configuration criteria that can influence feedstock suitability including: the aircraft’s age, weight specifications, engine variant, winglet status, and the benefits of feedstock fleet commonality
  • Feedstock Fleet Summary: Quickly evaluate feedstock fleet data by age group, aircraft status, engine variant, and winglet configuration status

6. Engine Programs, Specifications & Costs

  • View detailed technical overviews by engine series: for the key narrow-body freighter types including key specifications, certified aircraft applications by engine sub variant, LLP cycle limits, current market values, lease rates and more…
  • Engine Data Tables: Access 1000s of data points covering each engine type and sub variant in easy to navigate data tables.  Data points include:
    – Certified Sub-Variants
    – Thrust / Temp ratings and dimensions (Imperial and Metric)
    – Architecture, Emissions & SFC (LTO Cycle)
    – Engine Costs Comparison: Engine Prices, Market Values & Lease Rate Factors

Example data tables and side profiles. Click to enlarge all screenshots:

Detailed 737-800SF Side Profile
Close-up Main Deck Cargo Door Side Profile – 737-800SF
737-800SF Main Deck Loading Configuration Data
737-800SF Loading Configuration Analysis Chart
Example Aircraft Performance Analysis at Route Level
Example maintenance costs scenario at time of conversion data table
Example 737-800 Feedstock Data Chart
Example V2500 SelectOne Engine Data Table

Data Verification and Updates

The data and analysis used within the Freighters Freighter Type Directory is heavily researched and verified, ensuring subscribers have access to the best and most accurate data available. The data is regularly updated so subscribers can be sure they are accessing the most up-to-date information.

A subscription to Freighters includes all data releases and new aircraft and engines directories which are scheduled for release in 2021. 

Subscribe to Freighters today for instant access to this content and all the other features and data outlined on this page.

Industry Overview, Freighter Evaluation Overview, On-Ramp Costs

Access a full guide to the P-to-F conversion process and understand the complex relationships between the key stakeholders in this rapidly expanding sector. Gain market intelligence with access to key comparative performance metrics and evaluate detailed on-ramp cost forecasts by Freighter type.

Key Features:

1. Industry Overview

The Aircraft Analytics Industry Overview offers a top-down, quick-take guide to the key stakeholders in the P-to-F conversion process, a summary of new and available narrow-body freighter platforms, and coverage of the latest trends.  Access key nose-to-tail introduction data to:

  • Narrow-body freighter STC holder directory (AEI, Boeing, C Cubed Aerospace, EFW, IAI, PEMCO, Precision Aircraft Solutions, Sine Draco, ST Engineering Aerospace, 321 Precision Conversions):
    (i) Review corporate summaries of each narrow-body STC holder including financials, company structure, business models, conversion programs, program highlights timelines, key locations and more. 
    (ii) Examine conversion trends for each STC holder’s active narrow-body freighter programs, including number converted by type, conversion location and market share.
    (iii) Analyse high level summaries for each conversion program option offered by each STC holder including, program status, STC references, approval dates, development partners, OEM data licence status, maintenance offering at time of conversion, total conversion numbers and more…
  • Conversion Centre Overview: Easily review conversion trends by touch labour provider for each aircraft type and active STC holder.  Data includes forecasts of the available conversion lines by type for each approved conversion centre in 2021, plus details of aircraft currently undergoing conversion or earmarked for conversion.
  • Aircraft Import Age Restrictions: Age limitations and non-addition rules can prevent some feedstock candidates from being imported to certain countries due to their age or accumulated utilisation. Review a concise summary of these restrictions by country.
  • Operator Business Models: Covering global fleet and utilization trends for the main air cargo business models: Express and e-Commerce, General Cargo, High Density.
  • The P-to-F Process & Contemporary Programs: Coming in Q2 2021 – access a full technical guide to converting a passenger aircraft to a freighter, from assessment and initial design, to detailed design and build, to door position, and ULD design and selection.
  • Narrow-body Freighters: Key Stakeholders: View an initial schematic outlining the complex inter-relationships between the key stakeholders in the P-to-F conversion process covering supply and demand. Full data and analysis is scheduled for release in Q2 2021. 
Additionally access the latest Aircraft Analytics expert research and key at-a-glance data. Example analysis and data is available to view now with further content scheduled for release in Q2 2021:
  •  Aircraft Analytics Research and Analysis: Due for full release in Q2 2021, but with example charts and analysis available now covering new prospective conversion programs such as the 737-900; emerging patterns of narrow-body freighter utilisation around the e-Commerce business model; and a look at the Aircraft Analytics Preighters industry survey covering achieved net payloads, dimensional considerations, loading/unloading challenges, the regulatory framework.
  • Narrow-body Freighters Status Board: Keep up to date with key, at-a-glance, feedstock and freighter fleet numbers, conversion forecasts and more.  Example data and analysis is available to view now covering: P-to-F STC references by feedstock aircraft type, narrow-body freighter feedstock vs already converted to freighters dated to Q1 2021, and more. The status board will feature more content and data from Q2 2021 and is constantly updated to provide subscribers with access to the latest trends and compelling data analysis at their fingertips. 

2. Freighter Evaluation Overview

The Freighter Evaluation Overview is the go-to-hub for exclusive comparison analysis of key freighter performance metrics including:

  • Max Structural Payload (MSP) Vs Max Volumetric Payload (MVP)
  • Range at MSP Vs Range at MVP
  • Net Payload and typical tare weight comparison
  • Net Payload Vs Containerised Volume
  • Field Performance

Example data and charts are available to view now, with full comparative data and analysis coming in Q2 2021 and constantly updated to provide subscribers with revealing at-a-glance data.

3. On-Ramp Costs Tool

The Aircraft Analytics On-Ramp Costs Tool is under development and will be available to subscribers in 2021.  Using the tool subscribers can evaluate detailed on-ramp cost forecasts by Freighter type and compare costs between the different types and conversion programs. Use the results to examine which Freighters represent the best fit for the end user’s utilisation model based on forecast capital costs.  Forecasts include:

  • Feedstock acquisition costs
  • STC conversion costs
  • Weight upgrade costs
  • CLS costs
  • Airframe maintenance costs
  • Engine maintenance costs
  • Paint costs

Example data tables and side profiles. Click to enlarge all screenshots:

Conversion by Location Data Chart per STC – AEI example
Conversion Lines by Type – 737
Dedicated Jet Freighter Fleet Status
Narrow-Body Freighter P-To-F Conversion Program Status
Narrow-body Freighter Feedstock Vs Already Converted to Freighters, Q1 2021 Analysis – example data chart
Example Comparison Analysis Chart: Payload/Range MSP Vs MVP
Aircraft Analytics On-Ramp Costs Tool. Available in 2021

Data Verification and Updates

The data and analysis used within the Freighters Industry Overview, Freighter Evaluation Overview, and On-Ramp Costs Tools sections is heavily researched and verified, ensuring subscribers have access to the best and most accurate data available. The data is regularly updated so subscribers can be sure they are accessing the most up-to-date information.

As you can see above, a lot of the data and analysis included within these sections is due for release shortly.  A subscription license to Freighters includes all new data releases and features ensuring the content always remains fresh, varied, and of high value.  

Subscribe to Freighters today for instant access to this content and all the other features and data outlined on this page.

Maintenance & Engineering: Planning and Costs

Navigate through 1000s of data points and detailed analysis outlining the detailed airframe and engine on-wing requirements and costs

Key Features:

Developed from a maintenance planners perspective, the level of detailed data and analysis far surpasses any similar maintenance & engineering content commercially available in the industry.

The data and analysis is divided into four core content areas: Maintenance Planning Guide, Detailed Maintenance Costs, Feedstock Considerations, Interactive Maintenance Cost Tool

1. Maintenance Planning
This comprehensive maintenance planning guide is suitable for: Maintenance Planners either in need of a deep dive or a quick-look reference point; C-Level executives across the industry with a need to know the commercial factors driving maintenance check costs. Content includes:

  • Maintenance Planning Document (MPD) overview
  • Details of check cycles and check task groupings, including: Event-driven and noted interval tasks, Low Utilisation MPD, High FC Fatigue Inspections, FLS Tasks.
  • MPD Task Quick Look Reference Matrix. A powerful, time-saving alternative to the manual collection of key data points from across the aircraft’s MPD.  A useful tool for Maintenance Management and Maintenance Planners alike.  For easy reference, the matrix is broken down into: Calendar Tasks, Flight Hour Tasks, Flight Cycle Tasks, FH/FC/Calendar Combination Tasks, APU Tasks, Engine Change Tasks, Life Limit and Additional Tasks.
  • Freighter STC Specific Maintenance Checks
  • Aircraft Zones & Access, including major zone numbering maps, and special access listings data tables
  • Non-Routine Work, including non-route estimation and guide ratios analysis and non-routine ratio selection data tables
  • Production Planning Guide: deconstruct the analysis and planning MROs perform to generate quotations for maintenance checks, including: Man-hour Estimate Construction Guide, Workscope Costs Construction Guide, Production Planning Notes including reality factor, Defect Ratio / Percentage

2. Detailed Maintenance Costs
View detailed cost forecasts for freighter conversion and post-conversion maintenance check scenarios. The costs forecasts are based on real-world commercial pricing practices used by MROs. 

  • Maintenance Costs at Freighter Conversion. Heavy maintenance checks are often performed at time of conversion and can represent a significant element of on-ramp costs. View a detailed breakdown of forecast maintenance costs at time of conversion, including multiple conversion check scenarios for each type based on specific aircraft vintage and utilisation parameters. 
  • Maintenance Costs Post-Conversion. Access post-conversion C Check cost guides which forecast the future maintenance burden for each Freighter. The forecasts are based on detailed filters and analysis of each type’s MPD. In this section users can also access a detailed post-conversion check Man-Hour guide, showing forecasts for potential ongoing maintenance check man-hour requirements.
  • Commercial Quote Guide. View key insights into commercial factors as part of the MRO check quotation process, including man-hour estimate construction guide, production planning notes, workscope costs construction guide, and other costing variables such as material rate, labour rate, AD and SB allowances, and more.

3. Feedstock Considerations
Access critical maintenance considerations for the feedstock selection process and identify feedstock conditions that best meet post-conversion operating environment and utilisation requirements. Content includes: Aircraft Life Limits, high-FC/ageing maintenance task thresholds, and a summary of key Airworthiness Directives

4. Interactive Maintenance Costs Tools
Access the Beta version of the Aircraft Analytics maintenance Conversion Cost Calculator for forecasting heavy checks at time of conversion.  Use the input fields to flex maintenance planning and commercial costing variable for a range of utilisation and check structure scenarios.

The interactive input options include: supervision allowance, reality factors, labour rates, rotable and consumable allowances, and non-routine defect ratios.

In final development is the ‘Post-Conversion Check Cost Calculator. This tool and all other product updates are included in the annual subscription package.

 

Example data tables. Click to enlarge all screenshots:

737NG Guide 24 Month Base Check Pattern
Section of Flight Hours MPD Task Quick Look Reference Matrix
737-800 Major Zone Numbering Map
737NG Non-Routine Ratio Selection
Example maintenance costs scenario at time of conversion data table

Data Verification, Updates and New Maintenance Cost Calculator Tool

The data and analysis used within the Maintenance & Engineering sections of Freighters is heavily researched and verified, ensuring subscribers have access to the best and most accurate data available. The data is regularly updated so subscribers can be sure they are accessing the most up-to-date information.

A subscription to Freighters includes all data releases and new Maintenance Cost Calculators which are scheduled for release in 2021. 

Subscribe to Freighters today for instant access to this content and all the other features and data outlined on this page.

Key Features:

Article Library and Tech Briefing

A subscription to Freighters provides exclusive access to 1000s of in-depth articles, case studies and reference documents, covering not only Air Freight, but the entire commercial air transport industry.  A full reference library at your fingertips. 

This section of Freighters, provides subscribers with access to four excellent industry resources:

1. Full Annual Subscription to Aircraft Commerce (worth US $ 325.00)

  • Search the library of 100+ Freighter articles published by Aircraft Commerce directly within the Freighters dashboard, and view the latest full digital edition of Aircraft Commerce. Search the article library by Aircraft type to easily access the research and information you need.
  • Provides access over 20 years of industry leading, detailed in-depth analysis.
  • Freighters subscribers receive six issues of Aircraft Commerce Journal mailed to them on the day of publication, and their own unique log-in to access the Aircraft Commerce on-line library. Easily easily search through over 1,500 in-depth analysis articles covering all aspects of commercial air transport industry including:
    – Aircraft Analysis & Fleet Planning
    – Aircraft Financing & Airline Financial Performance
    – Aircraft Trading & The Aftermarket
    – Airline & Aircraft Operations
    – Airline Revenues & Revenue Management
    – IT in Maintenance & Engineering
    – Regional Aircraft
    – Maintenance & Engineering

Click to enlarge all screenshots:

2. Airline and MRO Software and Technology Case Study Library

  • Easily search through the library of 150+ in-depth airline and MRO facility software and technology case studies, direct from the Freighters dashboard, published by Aircraft Analytics partner Aircraft IT.
  • Access the largest case study in the industry. Search by airline or MRO facility, or by technology type for insider knowledge into the systems and processes for that company.
  • Each unique case study is written by the airline or MRO facilities themselves. Providing unprecedented first-hand in-depth accounts of the key benefits of each technology solution and how it performs.

 

3. Aircraft Analytics Insights

  • Search our library of premium Aircraft Analytics insights. 
  • This content, written by our team of experts and exclusive to Freighters subscribers, provides detailed market and data analysis articles featuring data taken from the interactive tools and elsewhere in the product, as well as analysis of industry trends and future developments.

4. Tech Briefing

  • Aircraft Analytics Tech Briefings provide succinct, authoritative technical summaries of key aircraft systems, such as Cargo Loading Systems (CLS) and Auxiliary Power Unit (APU).
  •  The content includes key data tables, and need to know overviews and analysis

New Articles, Case Studies and Tech Briefings

This exclusive article library grows with each edition of Aircraft Commerce Journal and the Aircraft IT eJournals.  A subscription to Freighters includes all future articles added to this library, as well as additional subscriber only content added to the Analytics Insights and Tech Briefing sections

Subscribe to Freighters today for instant access to this content and all the other features and data outlined on this page..

Digital Tools

Use the suite of unique, independent digital tools to test and highlight each freighter’s suitability for different cargo markets using real-world operating scenarios and missions and identify the different commercial opportunities offered by each freighter conversion option…

  • Use the Payload-Range Performance Tool and allow the unique algorithms to manipulate millions of data points to evaluate and compare key performance characteristics for each narrow-body freighter across four different, realistic, payload mission scenarios
  • Access unique and unrivalled in-depth data and analysis of optimum narrow-body freighter main-deck and lower-deck loading configurations in the Loading Configurations Tool, and quickly evaluate the key loading characteristics of each freighter, and its suitability for different cargo markets
  • Flex the data in the Virtual Network Performance Tool to evaluate over 30 narrow-body freighter aircraft subvariants across four real-world commercial mission scenarios, including maximum available payload and maximum volumetric payload, over 3 hub-and-spoke networks. Select key environmental and operational parameters including season of operation, departure airport elevation, performance degradation factor, and the cost of fuel
Freighter Loading Configuration Tool Screenshots:
Freighter Type Directory Screenshots: 

Access a full Owner’s and Operators Guide per Aircraft Type

  • Access a detailed, in-depth Owner’s and Operator’s Guide for each narrow-body aircraft, built around easy to navigate tiles and quick links
  • Providing subscribers with easy access to the data and analysis needed to fully understand the key operating considerations and costs for each freighter aircraft.
  • The data and analysis is divided into six core content areas: Program Overview, Detailed Specifications, Performance & Efficiency, Maintenance & Engineering, Freighter Feedstock Selection Guide.
  • Use the powerful data analysis Aircraft Analytics comparison tools to identify the freighter aircraft most suitable for investment or operations using real-world operating scenarios before referring to this Feedstock selection guide for a quick take on recommendations that help to determine the best type-specific candidates for conversion.
  • Also view detailed engine specifications, current market values, lease rates, and more.

A Trusted Source of Data and Analysis

Aircraft Analytics has partnered with world-class data providers to ensure that Freighters provides subscribers with the most accurate data available. Partner data providers include: PPS Flight Planning, ch-aviation, Oriel, Aircraft Commerce, and more. The data and analysis within Freighters is date stamped and regularly updated.

All the data and analysis is heavily researched and verified by our team with over 100 years of commercial aviation experience, including airline CEO, Maintenance Planning, Dispatch, Operations and Fuel Efficiency, Sales & Marketing, Commercial, Parts Trading…

Our valued Data Partners:

Incorporating freighterdata.aero

Freighterdata is a digital database of every individual civil jet and turboprop freighter, including new production freighters and conversion of passenger airframes data, which has been wholly incorporated by Aircraft Analytics.

The data is used across the Aircraft Analytics’ Freighters module to provide key market share analysis to establish the leading STC conversion programs, and key conversion trend analysis: from annual conversions by type, to annual conversions by labour provider, to annual conversions by conversion type (Freighter/Quick Change/Combi).

Data Updates, New Aircraft Releases, and Product Developments

Use the Briefing Room tile in the Freighters Dashboard to review the latest product and data updates and see when the next updates are scheduled, information on product updates or new developments and release dates.  Coming soon in 2021: wide-body and regional freighters, Preighters analysis and industry survey, and more.

All subscribers with a valid annual subscription license at the time of the updates will automatically have access to the new content at no additional fee.

Freighters - Briefing Room Tile

Easy Site, Data and Analysis Navigation

Subscribers can easily navigate through the data and analysis using the shortcut tiles to key sections of the product from the main dashboard – see opposite (click to enlarge).  Additionally:

  • Use the dropdown menu feature at the top of the page to quickly drill down further into the content
  • Aircraft specific shortcuts in the sidebar (available on most pages) allow the user to jump between identical content for each aircraft for easy comparison or analysis.
Freighters - Dashboard

Pricing and Subscribe

If you have any questions regarding the pricing plans, please contact: Ed Haskey: ed.haskey@aircraft-analytics.com | +44 1273 454235

The price plans are introductory rates and valid until July 31st 2021 

Tier 1
Tier 2
Tier 3
NARROWBODIES
US $ 850.00
US $ 1,350.00
US $ 1,750.00
One License
One License
Two Licenses

Interactive Toolbox
Payload/Range Analysis Tool
Virtual Network Analysis Tool
Freighter Loading Configurations Tool
Interactive Maintenance Planning & Costing Tool
Beta version
On-Ramp Costs Model
Summer 2021
Life-Cycle Costs Model
Summer 2021

Industry Overview
Freighter STC Directory
Freighter Conversion Centres
Freighter Operator Business Models

Freighter Directory: 737-300, 737-400, 737-700, 737-800, 757-200, A320-200, A321-200, MD82, MD83
Freighter Specifications
STC Conversion Characteristics
Certified Weights
Loading Configurations
Feedstock Selection Criteria
P-to-F conversion trends by type & STC holder
Freighter program status by type
Engine Programs, Specifications & Costs

Complete Maintenance Planning Guides: 737-300, 737-400, 737-700, 737-800, 757-200, A320-200, A321-200
MPD Structure Guide
MPD Quick Look Reference (Boeing Types)
Checks Cycles & Groupings
Zones & Access
Non-Routine Work
Production Planning Guide
Commerical Quote Guide
Cost Forecasts - Checks at time of conversion
Cost Forecasts - Post-conversion maintenance
Maintenance-related feedstock selection criteria

Freighters Database
Technical Specifications
Performance & Efficiency
freighterdata Lite
Feedstock Values
Converted Freighter Values
Approved Conversions Centres

WIDEBODIES
Summer/Fall 2021
REGIONAL/TURBOPROPS
from Q4 2021

Aircraft Analytics INSIGHTS
Aircraft IT Case Studies
Digital
Aircraft Commerce Subscription
Digital
Aircraft Commerce Subscription
Print

Aircraft Analytics Surveys
Preighters
Q3 2021
Engines
Q4 2021
Freighterdata
All types
Summer/Fall 2021
Report Builder
from Q4 2021
  • See above for detailed demo videos and information regarding each key section of Freighters
  • Aircraft Analytics Surveys use detailed and targeted industry-sector questionnaires to provide subscribers with unique real-world data and analysis of current industry topics. A ‘Preighters‘ Survey, drawing on feedback from airlines, handling agents, forwarders and the airport operator community will be available to subscribers in Q3. The survey results and analysis will be available to buy as separate modules for US $ 345.00
  • freighterdata is a digital database of every individual civil jet and turboprop freighter, including new production freighters and conversion of passenger airframes data.  A ‘lite’ version is available in Tiers 1 and 2.  The full version will be available with Tier 3 and will be available to buy as a separate module at US $ 295.00 per annum
  • freighterdata lite provides MSN-level coverage of newbuild and converted Freighter production, including STC holder, touch-labour provider, conversion location, conversion date, CLS manufacturer and current status
  • The full freighterdata package also includes current operator details, operator business models, and aircraft utilisation analysis

Need more information?

Don’t hesitate to contact us:

Ed Haskey, COO: ed.haskey@aircraft-analytics.com
Nick Preston, General Manager: nick.preston@aircraft-analytics.com

or call: +44 1273 857884