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 […]

CFS 2019: Could LATAM Cargo make narrowbody freighters work in its network?

SAN DIEGO – In March 2018, Santiago-headquartered LATAM Cargo offloaded the final two remaining 777Fs in its fleet, selling the pair to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. As a replacement for the 777Fs, the carrier opted to convert three 767-300ERs from its passenger fleet to freighter configuration with Boeing. To date, two 767-300BCFs have been redelivered, […]

Cargo Facts Symposium Day 1: key takeaways

SAN DIEGO – A crowd of distinguished air cargo executives gathered for Cargo Facts Symposium 2019, held at the Intercontinental San Diego. Although the air cargo industry faces uncertainty on multiple fronts such as trade and political headwinds, and aircraft program complications, delegates remain overwhelmingly upbeat on long-term growth prospects for the industry. A few […]

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 […]

Atran takes second 737-800BCF

Russia-based Atran, an affiliate carrier of the Volga-Dnepr Group, took delivery of a 737-800BCF (33419) on lease from GECAS following conversion by Boeing. Touch labor for the aircraft was performed at Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). This is the second of two 737-800BCF conversions Atran agreed to lease from GECAS […]

AEI redelivers first conversion of 4Q, an MD-83SF to TSM

On Tuesday, AEI redelivered an MD-83SF (53122) to Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM [FAT 005157]. The aircraft was the first freighter-converted aircraft to be redelivered in 4Q19. 53122 completed conversion at Commercial Jet’s Miami facility on Sept. 25, and upon joining TSM’s fleet, becomes the carrier’s eleventh freighter-converted MD-80F. TSM has at least one more MD-83 that […]
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