AEI converts MD-83s for Mexican carrier

Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) will convert two additional MD-83s for Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM, after which the carrier’s fleet will include fourteen freighter-converted MD-83SFs.   The first aircraft (49945, ex-Ameristar) will be inducted for conversion at the Commercial Jet facility in Miami (MIA) in March, while touch labor on the second aircraft will begin in November this year at the same facility.   […]

Altavair widebody fleet purchase could accelerate A330P2F conversions

Seattle-based Altavair signed a $1 billion agreement to acquire thirty-eight widebody aircraft currently owned by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways. The acquisition includes sixteen 777-300ERs, sixteen A330-200s and six A330-300s. Altavair is considering freighter conversion as an option for the A330s, a move that could quickly accelerate the introduction of A330P2Fs. Although a large market has […]

ACT 747F suffers tail strike

A 747-400F operated by Turkey-based ACT Airlines suffered a tail strike on departure Feb. 1. The aircraft (26559, ex-Singapore Airlines Cargo) was being operated in ACMI service for Saudia Cargo. Unit 26559, manufactured in 2001, was en route from Dammam (DMM) to Zaragoza (ZAZ). It continued after takeoff and diverted to Jeddah (JED), where it […]

Airwork ramps up conversions

New Zealand-based Airwork acquired a 737-400 (28702, ex-Blue Air) for conversion to freighter configuration by Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) [FAT 005310-5311]. The aircraft is slated for induction at Commercial Jet’s Miami facility next month, and is AEI’s twelfth 737-400SF conversion for Airwork. Airwork Flight Operations, the company’s carrier affiliate last took redelivery of an AEI-converted […]

Chapman Freeborn parent acquires Bluebird Nordic

Lithuania-based Avia Solutions Group will fully acquire Iceland-based Bluebird Nordic from BB Holding and enter the narrowbody freighter segment for the first time. Bluebird, whose fleet currently consists of a single 737-300BDSF alongside five 737-400Fs, operates flights within Europe on an ACMI basis for several carriers, including ASL Airlines Belgium, EAT Leipzig, Swiftair and Poste Air […]
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