IAI adds 737 conversion line in Mexico

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has begun freighter conversions of 737NGs at the Mexicana MRO Services in Mexico City (MEX), Cargo Facts has learned. Mexicana MRO Services, which also provides touch labor for IAI’s 767-300 conversions, told Cargo Facts the first 737-800 (29668, ex-Jet Airways) had been inducted for conversion in late July, and is expected […]

757 conversions set to rebound in 2021

757-200 feedstock liberated from passenger service as a result of the COVID-19 crisis has catalyzed demand for freighter conversions. After 757-200 conversions peaked in 2018, with nineteen redeliveries — seventeen from Precision Aircraft Solutions and two from ST Engineering — the number of 757-200s converted in 2019 dropped to eleven units, according to the Cargo […]

Ancra plans for record CLS deliveries amid surging P2F demand

U.S.-based Ancra International has ramped up its production of cargo-loading systems (CLS) as conversion activity intensifies, and expects to make a record number of deliveries in 2021. The company told Cargo Facts that, based on guidance provided by the various conversion houses, it recently upped its manufacturing output earlier this summer and is on course […]

American’s Tyler to discuss cargo-only ops and more at CFS

Cargo Facts is pleased to announce that Jessica Tyler, president of cargo and vice president of airport excellence of American Airlines, has joined the Cargo Facts Symposium 2020 speaker faculty. Tyler will join other distinguished industry peers on a virtual roundtable session titled, “Refiling air cargo’s flight plan: Growth opportunities and obstacles in airfreight,” on Tuesday, […]

Eastern sets sights on 767Fs and 777Fs

Pennsylvania-headquartered Eastern Airlines may primarily be a leisure carrier transporting passengers between the U.S. and Latin America for now, but the airline is accelerating its plans to develop its cargo business, with freighters firmly in its sights. Mike Duggan, recently appointed director of international cargo business development, told Cargo Facts that as a niche startup […]

Boeing launches second 767 conversion line in Singapore

Boeing will open a second conversion line for 767-300BCFs at the ST Engineering facility in Singapore (QPG). The planemaker has also logged a firm order from an unidentified customer for two 737-800BCFs. ST confirmed to Cargo Facts that it expects to launch the additional 767 conversion line in November 2020, upping its output capacity to […]

Raging fires require larger tanker conversions

Against the backdrop of raging wildland fires across many Western states in the U.S., a diversifying fleet of converted air tankers is being called into action. This year, a 737-300 (27700, ex-Southwest Airlines) reconfigured by Canada-based Coulson Aviation as an airtanker or “Fireliner” entered service on behalf of the USDA Forest Service as part of […]

AerSale acquires 757-200 feedstock for conversion and part-out

Florida-headquartered AerSale is to purchase twenty-four 757-200s and intends to convert at least some of them into freighters. According to AerSale, the aircraft are currently parked at its facility in Roswell (ROW) but those destined to become freighters will be converted at its Goodyear (GYR) facility, where many of Precision Aircraft Solutions’ 757-200PCF conversions are […]
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