GECAS and IAI partner to launch 777P2F program

SAN DIEGO – GECAS and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced the joint launch of a 777-300ER passenger-to-freighter conversion program yesterday, just as delegates began arriving here for Cargo Facts Symposium 2019. More than just a customer for the program, along with IAI, GECAS is co-funding the development of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the […]

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, […]

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 […]

Third A330-300P2F set to join Air Hong Kong fleet

DHL Express plans to place its third freighter-converted A330-300F (231, ex-Thai Airways) with Air Hong Kong. The express integrator confirmed to Cargo Facts that this aircraft will begin its Asian operations later this month. Unit 231 was redelivered by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) in September 2019 and was painted into the Air Hong Kong livery in […]

Rostrum signs leases on two 737-300Fs

Rostrum Leasing has secured commitments for two of its recently converted 737-300Fs, the Ireland-based lessor confirmed to Cargo Facts. The two PEMCO-converted frames (27713 and 28401, both ex-Southwest) are due to be redelivered in October 2019 to an operator based in Asia [FATs 005147 and 005148]. Unit 27713, manufactured in December 1996, was converted in […]

Collins Aerospace aims to complete Q300F in 4Q19, redeliver in 1Q20

Air Inuit and Collins Aerospace inducted a Dash-8-300 (MSN 300) for large cargo door conversion in April and expects to wrap up the conversion toward the end of this year. Once the conversion, which is being performed at Air Inuit's hangar facility in Montreal, is finished, STC certification is expected in 1Q20, with the first […]

Pionair acquires three BAe 146 freighters from WDL

Australia-based Pionair has purchased German carrier WDL Aviation’s contingent of three BAe 146-300QT freighters, Pionair has confirmed to Cargo Facts [FATs 005144-005146]. The first aircraft (E3150, ex-ASL Airlines Spain) departed Cologne (CGN) last week and is making its way to Australia. Pionair told Cargo Facts that it expects unit E3150 to enter service within six […]
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