737 Combi fleet shrinks for now

Canada-based Avmax took redelivery of a 737-400F (25100, ex-Alaska) following conversion to full-freighter configuration by PEMCO [FAT 005305]. Avmax acquired a total of five 737-400 Ms, or combis, in May 2018 and including 25100, has converted two to full-freighter configuration. While Avmax had been considering full-freighter conversion as an option for the other three combis […]

First A321P2F takes to the skies

The very first freighter-converted A321-200F became airborne today, carrying out its first post-conversion flight over Singapore for approximately twenty minutes. The test confirms that the aircraft (835, ex-Onur Air) has finally received its two IAE V2500 engines. In October 2019, Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between Airbus and ST Aerospace, said the Supplemental Type […]

AEI adds conversions as interest in 737 Classics continues

Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) and Vx Capital Partners have signed an agreement for the conversion of three 737-400s into freighter configuration. Following redelivery, Vx will have converted a total of twenty-eight 737 Classics, including twenty-six with AEI. Vx’s overall leasing portfolio will grow to forty-three 737-400Fs. The aircraft are the only three 737-400s left in the […]

CAAC certifies additional 737 NG conversions

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has certified both the 737-700BDSF by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the 737-800SF by Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI), paving the way for the introduction of the two freighter-converted aircraft types by Chinese operators. All three 737 NG conversion programs currently certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are now also certified by the CAAC, which granted approval for Boeing’s […]

ACIA acquires IPR’s conversion and leasing business

ACIA Aero Capital has acquired an additional 33.34% stake in IPR Conversions and IPR Leasing from IPR Invest. ACIA, which has leasing, maintenance and parts subsidiaries, had been a minority stakeholder in IPR and now becomes the sole owner of IPR’s conversion and leasing businesses covering ATR series aircraft. Christian Degouy, former managing director of […]

DHL to add a pair of 737-800Fs

DHL Express plans to add to its fleet a pair of freighter-converted 737-800BDSFs, Cargo Facts has learned. Both aircraft are owned by Spectre Air Capital and were converted to freighter configuration by Israel Aerospace Industries’ Aviation Group, or IAI, at the company’s MRO facility in Tel Aviv (TLV). Following conversion, the aircraft (28619, ex-Pegasus and […]

STC granted for AEI’s 737-800SF conversion

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has issued Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) a Supplemental Type Certificate for its 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion program, the 737-800SF, AEI announced yesterday.  The STC validates the original FAA-issued STC, which was awarded to AEI at the beginning of 2019. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency, meanwhile, has yet to issue an STC. AEI is working […]
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