Top 10: Coolest Trucks
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10.) Rotel: The Hotel Truck
Taking groups of passengers on tours to Africa, Europe and Asia, the Rotel truck offers vacationers the great outdoors without the discomfort of sleeping in a tent. Rotel, or “rolling truck,” can handle groups of 20-40 adults and is an awesome experience, but its lack of a shower drops it on our list.
9.) The Big Rig Jig
No, you can’t drive this funky piece of art, but no list of coolest trucks is complete without this bad boy. Constructed out of two discarded tanker trucks, the 42-foot-tall Big Rig Jig allows visitors to enter the lower truck and climb through the tankers to a viewing platform at the top.
8.) The Sauna Truck
Imagine being able to drive off into mountains with the windows down and cool air pouring in, then being able to jump right into the back of the truck, where blistering sauna air awaits. That’s what one Russian company envisioned when it created the Sauna Truck.
7.) EX63-HDM 6x6 Truck
Judging off appearances alone, the EX-63 HDM truck looks more like a garbage truck than a luxury vehicle. Those conceptions are quickly dismissed once stepping inside, where couches, an office and a fully functional kitchen await. The truck also boasts an interior sound system, adding to its funky capabilities.
6.) Decorative Pakistani Trucks
Pakistan has seen its truck fleet owners spending thousands on artistic structural modifications since the 1920s. These trucks are beautifully adorned with paintings depicting folk tales, religious views and poetry, and are some of the biggest forms of representational art in all of Pakistan, and are very culturally significant.
5.) Liebherr T 282B
Once owning the world’s largest haul truck payload capacity in the world, the German Liebherr T 282B pioneered the ultra class haul truck. While other trucks can carry a little more now, this monster of a truck started it all and has a special place in our hearts.
4.) Happy Toyz Truck
Part creepy, part awesome, the Happy Toyz truck from Stephen King’s lone movie directorial appearance “Maximum Overdrive” was a murderous machine hell-bent on killing the human race. Based off the Green Goblin from Spiderman, the truck’s creepy design was matched only by its desire for death.
Not one specific truck, the Dekotora, or decoration truck, is a type of extravagantly detailed trucks in Japan that are commonly found with neon or ultraviolet lights, strange paints and golden exterior parts. The exterior is sometimes only the beginning, as Dekotora trucks are often lavishly detailed inside.
2.) Iron Wolf Truck
Spotted in Russia, this interesting truck was made by a group of Moscow bikers, who gave the truck its name. The menacing machine can reportedly be found driving on everyday roads in Russian suburbs. Challenging the Iron Wolf to a drag race isn’t recommended.
1.) Optimus Prime
Yes, he’s purely fictional, but he’s awesome. Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots and the figurehead of the Transformers franchise. Capable of transforming from a simple big-rig truck to a powerful robot that fights in the name of righteousness and all things good, Optimus Prime is a hero to many, fictional or not. He wields an energy rifle that sits on his back and two energy swoards that extend from both forearms, in addition to several smaller weapon systems. Popularized in the mainstream by Michael Bay’s series of Transformer movies, the leader of the Autobots is so cool that an Ohio National Guardsman once changed his name to Optimus Prime, claiming that the real Optimus had become very much like a replacement father with the values he stands for.
Top 10 air freight carriers
10. Cargolux Group
The Luxembourgish freight carrier Cargolux Group (comprised of Cargolux Airlines and Cargolux Italia, established in 2008) remained in the number 10 spot, with a total reported FTK (Freight Tonne Kilometer) equaling 7.45 bn, which represents a 7.7% expansion year-over-year. The carrier group currently operates a fleet of 30 aircraft (26 through Cargolux Airlines and an addition four through Cargolux Italia), primarily variants of the Boeing 747.
9. Korean Air
Headquartered in Seoul, Korean Air provides cargo and passenger services to over 100 destinations in 44 countries. The carrier fell from eighth place in the previous year’s rankings, with a total FTK of 7.66 bn, representing a 7.1% decrease year-over-year. Korean Air reported a net revenue of $10.7bn in 2017, also reporting a return to profitability for the first time in five years, according to Forbes.
8. Air France-KLM
The Air France-KLM freight carrier group was founded in 1947. The group is comprised of Air France, KLM, and Martinair, and is based in Paris, France. Falling from seventh place in the Freight 50 rankings, the carrier reported a total FTK of 8.13 bn, which represents a 9.2% decrease in traffic year-over-year. The group reported a net revenue of $29.08bn at the end of 2017 and is ranked #28 on Forbes Magazine’s list of Best Employers.
7. Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways, the nationally owned airline of the Kingdom of Qatar is based in Doha, and ascended two places in the Freight 50 rankings, with a total FTK of 9.22 bn, representing a 19.6% increase in comparison to the previous financial year. The carrier’s Cargo division recently launched facilities at its hub in Doha to provide a “Seamless Cool Chain”, comprised of a “2,470 square metres Climate Control Centre situated at the airside… equipped with segregated temperature-controlled sections for storing pharmaceuticals and perishables.” This end-to-end supply chain control is expected to further improve Qatar’s standing as a leader of Middle Eastern air freight.
6. Lufthansa Group
Based in Cologne, Germany, the Lufthansa Group (comprised of Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, and Brussels Airlines) fell from the fourth position in the Freight 50, with a combined FTK of 9.46 bn. While this represents a 1.6% increase in traffic, year-over-year, the carrier was forced down the list by drastic growth from other German freight company, DHL. According to Forbes, Lufthansa’s revenue and net profits ($41.5 bn and $2.78 bn, respectively) in 2017 are both the highest reported by the company over a ten-year period.
5. Cathay Group
The Cathay Group (composed of Cathay Pacific Airlines and Dragonair) is headquartered in Hong Kong and its Cargo division accounts for 21% of the airline’s total revenue. The company’s first dedicated cargo flight between Hong Kong, Frankfurt, and London, was established in 1981, according to the official site. Now, Cathay Pacific’s Cargo Division services over 47 destinations worldwide. The carrier fell from the fourth position on the Freight 50 ranking, as its total FTK fell by 3.6%, to 10.21 bn. According to Forbes, Cathay Pacific experienced a second year of unprofitability, although the airline’s asset portfolio reached a record high in 2017, with a net value of $24.1bn.
4. DHL Express Group
Operating as the largest European carrier group, DHL Express Group (composed of DHL Air, DHL International, Air Hong Kong, Polar Air Cargo, ABX Air, Southern Air, Aerologic, and EAT Leipzig) rose two positions in the Freight 50 rankings. The carrier reported a total FTK of 10.56 bn, which represents an increase of 15.1% year-over-year. In 2018, at the Farnborough Air Show, DHL Express announced the purchase of 14 Boeing 777s, part of a new strategy to modernise its fleet.
3. UPS Airlines
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, UPS Airlines is part of United Parcel Service, Inc. Founded in 1908, UPS is the oldest company in the Top Ten, and retained third place in the Freight 50 rankings, with a total FTK of 11.26 bn. This represents a 3.9% increase year-over-year. The Company as a whole reported a net revenue of $67.7 bn, according to Forbes, representing a continuation of a ten-year trend of continuous growth. Forbes also ranks UPS among the world’s top 100 most-innovative companies, and the world’s top 50 most-valuable brands.
2. Emirates Skycargo
The state-owned air freight carrier for the UAE, Emirates Skycargo remains in second place on the Freight 50, with a total FTK of 12.27 bn, representing a 0.4% decrease year-over-year. The carrier’s central hub in Dubai allows its 259-strong fleet to reach over 1.5 bn consumers in under eight hours. Current purchasing plans are underway for Emirates Skycargo to almost double its fleet size. According to Albawaba, “In response to increasing demand from its customers, Emirates SkyCargo introduced a range of air transport solutions specific to industry verticals including Emirates Pharma, Emirates Wheels and Emirates Fresh.” Emirates Wheels has transported close to 150 cars per month since the program’s inception.
1. FedEx Express
Founded in 1998, FedEx Express is both the youngest and largest air freight carrier worldwide, with a total FTK of 15.71 bn. Haulage decreased by 0.9% year-over-year, while revenue increased to $60.5 bn in 2016, and again to $63.8 bn in 2017, continuing an eight-year growth trend. FedEx employs 395,000 members of staff, with FedEx Express operating across twelve transport hubs globally. The carrier purchased an additional 24 Boeing 777 variants in 2018, maintaining their company’s position as the largest airline in terms of cargo haulage.