Engines amid Covid-19: green time for less green?

On numerous occasions last year, freighter redeliveries were delayed and test flights for new programs awaiting certifications were postponed. The culprit? The engines. Feedstock deemed suitable for conversion isn’t always equipped with engines that fit the needs of the cargo market, and the assets often trade separately. “Even weeks after converting the aircraft to freighter […]

A trio of 737-800 conversions for Aero Capital Solutions

U.S.-based Aero Capital Solutions (ACS) is bullish on narrowbody freighters and has committed to at least three 737-800SF conversions with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI). ACS confirmed to Cargo Facts that it had ferried all three aircraft (28231, ex-Smartwings; 28655, ex-Eastar Jet; and 29925, ex-Go2Sky) to the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (STAECO) facility in […]

737-800 conversion market diversification accelerates in 2020

In a year that has seen rising interest in 737NG conversions, at least four companies new to the model have placed orders for up to eleven 737-800Fs so far in 2020, with more yet to be disclosed or announced. The following chart shows orders for 737 family and A321 conversions since January 2019.   Many 2020 […]

Emergency AD mandates new engine inspections for stored 737s

An emergency airworthiness directive (AD) issued today by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires inspections of the engine bleed air fifth stage check valve on all 737 Classic and NG aircraft that have not been operated in flight for seven or more consecutive days, or have been operated for ten or fewer flight cycles since […]

Planes on Pause: COVID forces aircraft into storage

On July 8, a 767-300ER (25583) previously operated by Air Canada Rouge and parked at Kansas City (MCI) touched down at Pinal Airpark (MZJ), followed by two more Air Canada 767-300s in the next two days. All three planes, considered suitable conversion feedstock, have been inducted into storage programs at Ascent Aviations Services, located at […]

Return to the skies of passengers doesn’t spell the end of passenger freighters

Even as passengers return to the skies, passenger freighters aren’t immediately headed for their demise. The uptick in passenger flights recorded from mid-June onward has not led to an immediate end to the use of passenger aircraft for cargo-only service. Although some aircraft have traded out cargo for passengers — or at least a mix […]

Reconfigured passenger-freighter fleet tops 130

More than 130 passenger aircraft have now been reconfigured for cargo by removing seats from the main-deck cabin, according to Cargo Facts research. Meanwhile, the total number of passenger freighters, which includes aircraft that have not had seats removed, has grown to more than 1,800. Airlines that have opted to reconfigure passenger cabins have done […]

Ethiopian grows reconfigured pax-freighter fleet to 20+

Ethiopian Airlines now has the largest fleet of reconfigured passenger-freighters by far, having modified twenty-two of its passenger aircraft by removing some or most of the seats from their cabins. The airline told Cargo Facts the twenty-two aircraft consist of four A350-900s, five Dash 8-Q400s, five 737-800s, two 767-300ERs, four 777-300ERs and two 787-9s. Together […]
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