Beginning in 2021, the facility will have the capability to simultaneously convert up to two 737-800s, according to Boeing’s STC.
Boeing, which announced GAMECO as its third 737-800BCF conversion site in October 2019, currently has six 737-800BCF conversion lines in China, spread across GAMECO, Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (STAECO) in Jinan (TNA), and Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services (BSAS) in Shanghai (PVG).
Launched in 2016, the 737-800BCF program has received orders for 132 aircraft to date, with thirty-six frames redelivered, according to Boeing.
Boeing isn’t the only company adding narrowbody conversion capacity. In response to growing demand for 737 freighters, Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) has also been ramping up output capacity for its own 737 conversions at various MRO facilities; in April, Canada-based KF Aerospace added a second modification line in Kelowna (YLW) for AEI’s 737-400SF freighter conversion, and could soon convert 737-800SFs as well. KF will also launch a 737-400SF line at its facility in Hamilton (YHM) in December.
AEI recently designated Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO Xiamen) as its fifth conversion center, and began 737-800SF conversions at STAECO in July. The company could have up to fourteen conversion lines across five facilities by next year.
The table below shows AEI’s and Boeing’s 737 conversion programs, and their respective MROs.
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