As MD-80s exit passenger service, freighter-converted units take to the skies with Everts Air

On Sept. 4, American Airlines retired the last twenty-six McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft in its fleet. Even though the airframe remains in passenger service with Delta (which operates 62 of the type), fleet numbers are on the decline – at least for units in passenger service. Despite serving a niche market, the number of freighter-converted […]

BBAM quietly forays into next-gen narrowbody conversions

San Francisco-headquartered BBAM is gradually expanding its footprint in the next-generation narrowbody conversion space, and with the recent redeliveries to China Postal Airlines, the lessor has become the first known lessor to have ordered conversions for both the 737 NG and the A321. China Postal received its first 737-800BCF in August 2019 and the second […]

Aeronaves TSM grows CRJ freighter fleet to five

Aeronaves TSM has taken redelivery of a CRJ200 SF (7787, ex-South African Express) from Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) [FAT 005130]. This is the fifth CRJ200 SF AEI has redelivered to the Mexican cargo carrier. Unit 7787 was ferried from Dothan, Alabama (DHN), where it was converted at the Commercial Jet facility, to Aeronaves TSM’s base […]

ASL adds 737-400F to Irish affiliate

ASL Aviation Holdings has taken redelivery of a 737-400SF (25773, ex-Yamal Airlines). The aircraft is on lease from U.S.-based Vx Capital Partners and will be joining the ASL Airlines Ireland fleet [FATs 005127-005128]. Unit 25773 was ferried from Jacksonville (VQQ), where it was converted at the Flightstar facility by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), to Shannon […]

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 […]

SF Airlines’ 757F fleet reaches 30 units with latest Precision redelivery

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 […]

PSI Air 2007 acquires first 737F, looks to add more

Philippines-based cargo airline PSI Air 2007 has added its first 737 freighter [FAT 005107]. The aircraft, a 737-300QC (23809, ex-Thai Express Air) manufactured in 1987, was ferried from U-Tapao (UTP) to Clark (CRK) earlier this month. PSI Air 2007 tells Cargo Facts that it decided to acquire the 737 platform almost a year ago, as […]

CRJ conversions not affected by Bombardier’s sale of program

The sale of Bombardier’s CRJ program and its subsequent termination is not expected to have any material effect on Aeronautical Engineers, Inc.’s (AEI) own CRJ passenger-to-freighter conversion program, the conversion house told Cargo Facts. Bombardier announced in June that it was selling off the CRJ program to Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, with the remaining backlog […]
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