Not interested in conversions? How about a de-conversion?

The UK branch of European passenger charter carrier Thomas Cook will lease an Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) from the Air Tanker consortium after it is de-militarized. The Air Tanker consortium owns and operates a fleet of A330 MRTTs for the UK’s Royal Air Force, soon to include five units designated as non-core, and […]

Farnborough orders top $100 billion

Lessors and carriers from around the world placed over 900 commercial aircraft orders and commitments at last week’s Farnborough Air Show, with a value (at list prices) of well over US$100 billion . This is well up from the 2012 edition of the Farnborough Show, and comes despite fears by some in the industry that backlogs […]

Bombardier launches Q400 Combi

At the Farnborough Air Show, Canada-based Bombardier formally launched a Q400 NextGen Combi – not a passenger-to-combi conversion program for existing Q400s, but a production combi, available in various configurations. The manufacturer did not provide detailed specifications, but did say: “In the lay-out that provides the highest payload capability, the aircraft offers up to 8,200 […]

Air Algerie Orders Two 737-700Cs

The Farnborough Air Show typically means a flurry of press releases heralding new aircraft orders – and 2014 is no exception. Air Algerie’s order for a pair of 737-700Cs, actually placed earlier this year but announced today at Farnborough, is notably unusual. Although the 737-700C has been offered for sale since the 1990s, just three […]

Recent freighter aircraft transactions

The last week has seen several freighter aircraft bought, sold, leased, or transferred; and some future transactions have been announced. LAN Cargo plans to transfer two more 767-300Fs into the fleet of Brazil-based subsidiary carrier ABSA Cargo. The first (32572) is currently in the LAN Cargo fleet, but will be re-registered as PR-ACO. The second […]

Freighter conversion – a story in photos

In September 1999, Japan Transocean Air took delivery of a 737-400, msn 29487. The carrier, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, operated the aircraft from its hub in Naha, Okinawa, until late last year when it was acquired by DHL Express as a candidate for conversion to freighter configuration. DHL was looking to add five 737-400 […]

MD-87 Fire Tanker conversion certified

US-based Erickson Aero Tanker received Supplemental Type Certification  (STC) for its MD-87 passenger-to-firefighting tanker program. Erickson has so far converted three MD-87s for sister company Aero Air, which acquired seven of the type in late 2012. Following the award of the STC, Aero Air put two of them into service this month with the US […]

DHL ramps up 737  operations in the Americas

US-based Southern Air took redelivery of the second of five 737-400Fs (27674, ex-Malaysia Airlines) it will operate for DHL Express on a CMI basis in the Americas. Conversion of the aircraft to freighter configuration was done by  Aeronautical Engineers Inc at Commercial Jet’s Dothan facility. This is part of a multi-year agreement between DHL and […]
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