Conversions

Where have all the orders gone — Part II

Where have all the orders gone — Part II

Aircraft, Carriers, Conversions, Express, News, Strategy August 31, 2017 at 9:41 am

Yesterday we looked at the sudden drop-off in orders for production jet freighters — despite surging demand for air freight. You can read Part I here (including detailed charts of the orders, deliveries, and backlogs for all of Boeing’s and Airbus’ freighters). Today we turn to an analysis of theRead More

Precision and ATSG form A321 freighter conversion JV

Precision and ATSG form A321 freighter conversion JV

Aircraft, Conversions, News, Strategy August 7, 2017 at 10:28 am

Ending its silence on the subject of “what comes next,” 757 conversion specialist Precision Aircraft Solutions this morning announced the formation of 321 Precision Conversions, LLC, a joint venture with Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) “to develop a passenger-to-freighter conversion of Airbus A321-200 Aircraft.” It has been something of anRead More

China Air Cargo prepares for takeoff

China Air Cargo prepares for takeoff

Aircraft, Asia, Carriers, Conversions, Express, News July 25, 2017 at 10:44 am

Eight months ago, we reported that startup Chinese all-cargo carrier China Air Cargo Co. Ltd was about to take to the skies. It had taken redelivery of its first freighter – a Precision-converted 757-200PCF, and was within weeks of receiving its Operating Certificate. As is often the case, the finalRead More

The turboprop freighter fleet in 2017 — Part III

The turboprop freighter fleet in 2017 — Part III

Aircraft, Conversions, Express, News July 12, 2017 at 9:53 am

In Parts I and II of this analysis we looked at the turboprop freighter fleet in detail, breaking it down by operator, and discussing the changes to the fleet in the last year on a type-by-type basis. But turboprop aircraft are not the only choice for operators looking for small freighters,Read More

The turboprop freighter fleet in 2017 – Part II

The turboprop freighter fleet in 2017 – Part II

Aircraft, Conversions, Express, News July 10, 2017 at 9:45 am

In part I of this analysis, we began our examination of the current turboprop freighter fleet with some background, and then offered a breakdown of the fleet by type and operator. Today, in Part II, we look at the fleet in more detail by type, while in Part III, weRead More

GAMECO will be PEMCO's third conversion center in China.

GAMECO is PEMCO’s third conversion center in China

Asia, Conversions, News July 6, 2017 at 10:12 am

One way to measure the demand for passenger-to-freighter conversions is through the partnerships formed by the conversion houses with MRO facilities. Most conversion houses have a facility of their own, but also have agreements with one or more MROs, allowing them to do more conversions than they could on theirRead More

YTO Express Airlines moves forward with plans for rapid fleet expansion

Aircraft, Asia, Conversions, News July 5, 2017 at 10:28 am

The carrier recently acquired three 737-300s for conversion to freighter configuration by PEMCO World Air Services at the STAECO facility in Jinan, and is reported to have also acquired three 757-200s for conversion by Precision Aircraft Solutions. Cargo Facts has confirmed that the three 737-300s are units 29407, 29408, andRead More

Mexico-based Estafeta Carga Aerea is replacing its 737-300Fs with -400Fs.

No slowdown in demand for 737 Classic conversions

Aircraft, Carriers, Conversions, Express July 4, 2017 at 10:51 am

As orders have rolled in for freighter conversion of 737 NGs, it is easy to forget that the 737 Classic Family freighters – 737-300Fs and 737-400Fs – are still in high demand. Today, 4 July, is the Independence Day holiday in the United States, so this will be just aRead More