AEI launches 737-800 conversion programs

HONG KONG — There was much interest in the four sessions held here today at Cargo Facts Asia, but the big news was undoubtedly the formal launch at the event of a 737-800 Passenger-to-Freighter and Passenger-to-Combi conversion program by US-based Aeronautical Engineers (AEI). We will analyze the program in detail in the upcoming issue of […]

EFW to convert four A300-600s for Uni-Top

The Cargo Facts Asia 2014 event is still an hour from being officially underway, and already there is news breaking. The first news – from late last night – is a major move by Wuhan-based Uni-Top Airlines, which signed an order with EFW for four A300-600 passenger-to-freighter conversions. Cargo Facts believes that Uni-Top has in […]

Grim prospects for widebody freighters?

As we have reported many times, the combination of high fuel costs and low inventory carrying costs for shippers in the current interest rate environment, has made surface transport much more attractive. While this has negative implications for the air freight industry as a whole, the mood at the ISTAT Americas conference this week regarding […]

What happened to the widebody conversion market?

2013 was a very good year in the narrowbody conversion market, as orders poured in for passenger-to-freighter conversion of 737-300s, 737-400s, MD-80s, and 757-200s. For those offering widebody conversions, however, it was “the year that wasn’t.” That is, as far as we know, there was not a single widebody conversion order placed in 2013. Passenger-to-freighter […]

ST Aero enters a new conversion and lease joint venture

ST Aerospace and Wings Capital Partners formed a 50/50 joint venture, WingStar Pte. Ltd., to acquire aircraft for lease, conversion, and part out. There is much of interest to the air freight community here, and we start with ST Aero’s partner in the deal… Wings Capital Partners, an affiliate of Wings Capital Partners Management LLC, […]

A 737-800 Freighter may be closer than you think

While passenger-to-freighter conversions of 737 Classic aircraft are currently taking place almost faster than we can report them, it is no secret that all the players in the narrowbody conversion market are looking ahead and asking “What next?” It is also no secret that the answer is “737NG and A320 Family conversions.” It has generally […]
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