CFS 2019: Program delays and tight feedstock supply constrain in-flux narrowbody conversion market

SAN DIEGO – Conversion houses and OEMs have developed, or are in various stages of developing, a new generation of narrowbody freighter conversion programs based on the A320-family and 737-NG platforms. Although operator demand remains strong, redeliveries have yet to reach their full potential, according to panelists on a conversion panel last week at Cargo […]

CFS 2019: ATR optimistic about opportunities outside Europe and U.S.

SAN DIEGO – While recent redeliveries of ATR conversions have been predominantly destined for operators in Europe and the U.S., one notable exception was Philippines-based Cebu Pacific, which received its first ATR 72-500F in July 2019, converted by IPR Conversions. The airline is expecting a second freighter-converted ATR 72-500F by the end of the year. […]

Vallair expanding engine portfolio to support narrowbody freighter conversions

Luxembourg-based Vallair, which signed on as the launch customer for A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion programs with both EFW and 321 Precision Conversions, is set to begin placing freighter-converted A321s with Qantas Freight and other carriers next year. Although sourcing suitable engines for 737 NG and A320-family narrowbody aircraft remains a challenge, the leasing and trading company […]

Emirates International Air Cargo emerges from legal limbo, prepares to launch with 737-400F

A new cargo carrier could soon be launching freighter operations in the Middle East. Abu Dhabi-based startup Emirates International Air Cargo (EIAC) appears to have taken redelivery of its first freighter-converted 737-400F (28151, ex-Qantas), after a legal dispute between EIAC and Connecticut-based Aero Acquisitions prevented the aircraft from being redelivered for several years. Unit 28151, […]

Zimex expands turboprop freighter fleet with ATR 42Fs

Switzerland-based Zimex Aviation has in the past few months steadily ramped up its fleet with the addition of three ATR 42 freighters. The carrier had previously only operated ATR 72Fs. Zimex confirmed to Cargo Facts that it now has a total of seven converted ATR freighters – three ATR 42Fs and four ATR 72Fs, all […]

Boeing reduces support for third-party freighter conversions

Boeing this week told customers that it may be unable to provide FAA approval for structural repairs on aircraft modified by non-Boeing entities. The position could dramatically limit OEM support for freighter conversion programs developed by the many conversion houses that modify Boeing aircraft. A multi-operator message (MOM) dispatched on Oct. 7 and seen by Cargo […]
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