Aircraft Guide

Small

Small Cargo Aircraft

Small Cargo Aircraft

With a payload up to 12.5 tons, small cargo aircraft are the workhorses of the industry, providing fast flexible cargo services up to a range of around 2,000 nautical miles. In some cases aircraft can be configured for cargo or a mixture of cargo and passengers, and a choice of loading mechanisms can cater for a variety of loads.

Typical Spec

Payload: 1 to 10 tons
Crew: 2
Configuration: bulk or palletised cargo
Range: up to 4 hours

Typical Models

Antonov-26, An-72, An-74; ATR-42, ATR-72; ATP; Bae146; Cessna 208; Fokker F-27, F-50; Metro III; Saab 340; Shorts 330, Shorts Skyvan.

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Medium

Medium Cargo Aircraft

Medium Cargo Aircraft

With a typical payload from 12.5 tons to 40 tons, these aircraft can shift sizeable loads that can’t be broken down and shipped on scheduled routes. Long-bodied versions allow for large payloads typically used in humanitarian crises but their medium size still enables delivery to smaller off-line airfields where necessary.

Typical Spec

Payload: 12.5 to 35 tons
Configuration: Bulk or palletised cargo
Range: up to 8 hours

Typical Models

Antonov-12; Boeing 737, 727, 757; Lockheed L-100, L-188; McDonnell Douglas DC-9, MD-80; Tupolev-204.

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Large

Large Cargo Aircraft

Large Cargo Aircraft

These large cargo jets or freighters with a payload upwards of 250 tons typically deliver between major cities anywhere in the world. Clients with large loads can benefit from economic shipping with the flexibility of individually planned schedules to meet specific deadlines. The Antonov and Ilyushin aircraft provide roll on and roll off capability as well as overhead travelling cranes and winches for outsized cargo.

Typical Spec

Payload: 40 to 250 tons
Crew: 3 (Up to 22 for An-124/An-225)
Configuration: bulk or palletised cargo
Range: up to 12 hours

Typical Models

Airbus A300, A330, Beluga; Antonov An-124, An-225; Boeing 767, 747, 777, LCF; Ilyushin IL-76; McDonnell Douglas DC-10, MD-11.

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