Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee

Who’s who in freighter conversions: The conversion houses

Today, we conclude our two-part analysis of the passenger-to-freighter conversion market. In the first part yesterday, we began with a look at the increasing number of narrowbody conversion programs for Next Generation, or NG, aircraft. In the second part today, we take a look at the six conversion houses that currently offer passenger-to-freighter conversion programs […]

Who’s who in freighter conversions: So many programs, so little feedstock

While recent years have witnessed redelivery of the first of the next generation of narrowbody freighter conversions,  the narrowbody conversion space is about to get even busier and more competitive next year. Not only will a second platform, the A321, be introduced but, by the end of 2019, up to three additional narrowbody conversion programs […]

China Postal fleet renewal accelerates with redelivery of second 737-800BCF

And then there were two. China Postal Airlines has taken redelivery of its second 737-800BCF (30787, ex-China Southern Airlines), on lease from BBAM [FATs 005125-5126]. The aircraft departed Jinan Airport (TNA) following conversion by Boeing at Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co., Ltd. (STAECO). After a stop at Seoul Incheon Airport (ICN), the aircraft arrived at […]

Atlas Air adds another 767-300BCF

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has taken redelivery of a 767-300BCF (27568, ex-Neos) from Boeing and this week put it into commercial service with Atlas Air [FAT 005122]. Although the aircraft is currently utilized for routes that are consistent with Amazon’s own-controlled network, the 767-300BCF is not dry leased to Amazon like the other nineteen 767Fs […]

Found: a new home for a stored China Airlines 747-400F?

On 5 August, a China Airlines 747-400F (30762) was removed from long-term storage at Victorville (VCV), where it had been parked since February 2012, and was ferried to the carrier’s hub in Taipei (TPE). Cargo Facts believes that the aircraft will likely be leased to a third party following heavy maintenance. Last year, AMS Aircraft […]

Amazon commits to 15 more 737-800BCFs, GECAS confirms role as lessor

Amazon confirmed plans to lease fifteen additional 737-800BCFs from GECAS, to be delivered by 2021, in an agreement announced today at the Paris Air Show [FATs 004971-4985]. These fifteen units are in addition to the five 737-800BCFs Amazon has already secured, and has contracted Atlas-affiliate Southern Air to operate on a CMI basis by year-end […]

GECAS firms up options for 10 737-800BCFs, adds 15 more

GECAS firmed up ten existing options for 737-800BCF conversions and added options for fifteen more in an agreement with Boeing signed today at the Paris Air Show [FATs 004945-4969]. Following today’s deal, GECAS’ orderbook for 737-800BCF conversions stands at forty-five firm, with options for twenty additional conversions. Accounting for GECAS’ latest -800BCF redelivery, the lessor’s firm […]
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