Aircraft

Rockwell Collins converts first Q300 P2F

Rockwell Collins converts first Q300 P2F

June 28, 2017 at 10:56 am 0 comments

Last year, Cargo Facts reported on news that Bombardier, in cooperation with Canada-based Air Inuit, and B/E Aerospace (now a part of Rockwell Collins) was developing a new passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the Q300 turboprop. The program is now progressing well, with news that shortly after Rockwell Collins completed conversionRead More

Antonov's An-178 takes its first flight.

China provides boost to An-178 program with fifty-unit order

June 27, 2017 at 10:40 am 0 comments

During this year’s Paris Airshow, executives from a trio of Ukrainian firms – aircraft designer Antonov, state-owned engine design bureau Ivchenko Progress, and engine manufacturer Motor Sich, met with a “Chinese customer” and signed an agreement for fifty An-178s. The first twelve An-178s will be delivered fully-assembled, with subsequent unitsRead More

Paris: Maindeck yes, belly no

Paris: Maindeck yes, belly no

June 26, 2017 at 10:56 am 0 comments

This year’s edition of the Paris Air Show was different. The headline news at both the Paris and Farnborough Air Shows has traditionally been one or more (usually more) orders for large widebody passenger jets. This year? At the 2017 Paris Air Show, we know of only fourteen orders forRead More

A record quarter for FedEx — plus mattresses and gym equipment, too!

A record quarter for FedEx — plus mattresses and gym equipment, too!

June 23, 2017 at 10:50 am 0 comments

FedEx reported revenue up 21.2% y-o-y in its fiscal fourth quarter (ended 31 May) to a record $15.73 billion. Net income for the quarter was $1.02 billion, up from a net loss of $68 million in 4QFY16, and operating income for the quarter was $1.58 billion (compared to a $70Read More

IAI Bedek reveals new Chinese partner for 737NG conversions

IAI Bedek reveals new Chinese partner for 737NG conversions

June 22, 2017 at 10:43 am 0 comments

Just as IAI’s Bedek Aviation Group nears completion of the Supplemental Type Certification process for its first 737-700BDSF conversion, a new partner has emerged. During the 2017 Paris Air Show, China-based MRO, Tianjin Aircraft Engineering Co. (TAEC), a subsidiary of the Haite Group, revealed itself as Bedek’s “development partner” forRead More

GECAS will double its 737-800 freighter conversion orders

GECAS will double its 737-800 freighter conversion orders

June 21, 2017 at 10:57 am 0 comments

Following yesterday’s announcement of a four-unit 737-800BCF lease order from the West Atlantic Group, GECAS today said it planned to more than double its orders for 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversions, adding thirty more to the twenty-five it has already ordered from Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) and Boeing. We’ll start with someRead More

West Atlantic will be launch operator for the 737-800BCF

West Atlantic will be launch operator for the 737-800BCF

June 20, 2017 at 10:54 am 0 comments

Sweden-based all-cargo carrier West Atlantic Airlines placed a firm order with GECAS for the lease of four 737-800BCFs. GECAS, a launch customer for Boeing’s 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion program, will be the first customer to take redelivery of an -800BCF. The first of the four aircraft is currently in conversion atRead More

Lockheed Martin books first firm order for the LM-100J

Lockheed Martin books first firm order for the LM-100J

June 20, 2017 at 9:57 am 0 comments

At the Paris Air Show, Lockheed Martin announced that it had received a firm order for five LM-100J transports from an unidentified customer. The LM-100J is the manufacturer’s new commercial version of the well-known Hercules military transport. The first LM-100J, which began its test flight program last month, is onRead More