Earlier this week, Shenzhen-based SF Airlines took redelivery of a 757-200PCF (29441, ex-TUI Airways) following conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions at the AMECO facility in Chengdu (CTU) [FAT 005119]. This is the carrier’s thirtieth 757-200F and fifty-sixth freighter.
How many more 757-200Fs might be joining SF’s fleet? Cargo Facts believes the carrier has acquired rights to at least four ex-TUI Airways aircraft, including the unit that was redelivered this week. The remaining units will likely be converted by Precision, which has converted twenty-four of the 757s in SF Airlines’ fleet. The second aircraft in the ex-TUI Airways tranche (29944) was removed from service in March and appears to have already been inducted for conversion in CTU shortly after. SF has made no secret of its desire to add even more 757Fs, but has not publicly identified feedstock for additional conversions.
Earlier this year at Cargo Facts Asia, George Li, VP, SF Express, the parent of SF Airlines, told conference delegates the carrier was planning to grow its freighter fleet to more than 100 units by 2022.
To hear more from SF Express, join us at Cargo Facts Symposium 2019 where George Li will participate in a fireside chat. The event will take place Oct. 16-18 at the Intercontinental San Diego. For more information, or to register, visit www.cargofactssymposium.com.