Vallair launches Precision’s A321 P-to-F program

MIAMI – At the Cargo Facts Symposium, 321 Precision Conversions’ (321PC) and Luxembourg-based lessor and aircraft manager Vallair Capital announced that Vallair, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Vallair Solutions sàrl, is the launch customer for  321 PC’s freighter conversion program for the Airbus A321-200. Vallair acquired the first unit to be converted in July, and has […]
  • David Harris
  • October 4, 2017

Overheard at Cargo Facts Symposium

MIAMI – A bustling crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Mandarin Oriental for the 23rd annual presentation of the Cargo Facts Symposium. Delegates were delighted to be greeted with news that worldwide air freight volumes for the month of August were up double-digits (12.9%) y-o-y, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 4, 2017

5 recent freighter deals that caught our eye

The velocity at which freighter aircraft are bought, sold, leased and traded can be quite rapid, especially in a healthy market for air cargo. The past few months have been no exception, and there have been numerous freighter transactions that caught our attention. But just what makes a freighter transaction stand out among the sea […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 21, 2017

C3 launches A320/A321 P-to-F conversion program

California-based C3 Aerospace (pronounced “C Cubed”) formally launched passenger-to-freighter conversion programs for the Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft today. C3 did not release technical specifications for either freighter, nor any details about when it expects certification, but did provide some background information. Engineering for both the A320 and A321 conversion began some time ago, and […]
  • David Harris
  • September 6, 2017

IAI awarded STC for 737-700 P-to-F, Alaska Air Cargo to take redelivery

On Monday, Israel Aerospace Industries received an STC for its 737-700 passenger-to-freighter conversion program, and could redeliver the first freighter-converted 737-700F (30794) to Seattle-based Alaska Air Cargo before the end of this week. Once redelivered, IAI, through its MRO and conversion arm, Bedek Aviation Group, will have redelivered not only the first 737-700F, but also […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 5, 2017

Where have all the orders gone — Part II

Yesterday we looked at the sudden drop-off in orders for production jet freighters — despite surging demand for air freight. You can read Part I here (including detailed charts of the orders, deliveries, and backlogs for all of Boeing’s and Airbus’ freighters). Today we turn to an analysis of the order and delivery situation on […]
  • David Harris
  • August 31, 2017

Precision and ATSG form A321 freighter conversion JV

Ending its silence on the subject of “what comes next,” 757 conversion specialist Precision Aircraft Solutions this morning announced the formation of 321 Precision Conversions, LLC, a joint venture with Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) “to develop a passenger-to-freighter conversion of Airbus A321-200 Aircraft.” It has been something of an open secret in the industry […]
  • David Harris
  • August 7, 2017

China Air Cargo prepares for takeoff

Eight months ago, we reported that startup Chinese all-cargo carrier China Air Cargo Co. Ltd was about to take to the skies. It had taken redelivery of its first freighter – a Precision-converted 757-200PCF, and was within weeks of receiving its Operating Certificate. As is often the case, the final step, the dotting of the […]
  • David Harris
  • July 25, 2017
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