Boeing has completed its fiftieth 767-300BCF conversion with the redelivery of unit 35697 to LATAM Cargo [FAT 006991].
Unit 35697 rejoins the Chile-headquartered carrier following conversion to freighter configuration at the ST Engineering facility in Singapore (SIN). It landed in Miami (MIA) on Dec. 18.
LATAM said that it intends to place the freighter into service as soon as possible without repainting it but was not immediately available to comment.
The 2008-vintage aircraft, which had arrived in SIN in July to kick off Boeing’s third line at ST’s facilities in the city and is also the fortieth 767 Boeing has converted there, becomes the youngest 767 converted freighter. That will change when DHL Express sends its newly acquired 2012- and 2013-vintage 767-300ERs — which were previously with LATAM — for conversion with Boeing.
LATAM could also send more of its younger 767-300ERs to be converted. The carrier, which now has eight production 767-300Fs and four 767-300BCFs, announced four conversions with four options in March, then later exercised all those options and added two more firm orders.
LATAM expects to receive the next three 767-300BCFs by July 2022. One of those (35696) arrived at SIN in October.
Market demand for 767 conversions has been so strong that both Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have already announced several additional conversion lines. Two new 767-300BCF lines will open at the Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) facility in 2022, while IAI also intends to begin converting 767s at the Ethiopian Airlines MRO facility in Addis Ababa (ADD).
Air Canada recently also put its first 767-300BDSF into service without wasting time painting it.