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 […]

Garuda Indonesia plans to add 737 NG freighters this year

Garuda Indonesia’s Mohammad Iqbal, Director of Cargo and Business Development, said the Jakarta-based carrier plans to operate four jet freighters this year, including two 737-800 converted freighters, another 737 freighter, and an A330F, Bisnis Indonesia reported. However, the origin of the freighters for conversion is unclear, and feedstock for 737 NG freighters has been particularly […]

Overheard at Cargo Facts Symposium Part II: A bright future for 737 NG conversions

SAN DIEGO – Yesterday, we started our two-part coverage of our annual “Overheard at Cargo Facts Symposium” review. You can revisit that story here. Today, in part II we take a look at what’s happening in the conversion market and what’s ahead for e-commerce. Think 737 Classic conversions are over? Not so fast! Despite a […]

Boeing Shanghai and SF ink maintenance deal

Last week, SF Airlines, the Shenzhen-based air arm of China’s biggest express company, signed an agreement with Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co Ltd covering the carrier’s fleet of sixteen 737 Classic freighters, and five 767-300BCFs. SF’s first aircraft is currently undergoing a C-check at Boeing Shanghai’s MRO facility. The nose-to-tail maintenance check is expected to […]

Hot market prompts new AEI conversion center

Trying to secure a 737-Classic passenger-to-freighter conversion in 2017? Good luck, if you have not already nabbed a conversion slot. Conversion houses are facing unprecedented demand for narrowbody conversions, leaving the limited number of conversion lines with significant backlogs. Yesterday, Miami-based conversion house Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) selected Canada-based KF Aerospace as its fourth Authorized […]

YTO Express takes 4th 737-300F, may have firmed 10 737-800BCF options

Last month, YTO Express Airlines took delivery of its fourth freighter-converted 737-300. Yesterday evening, on 5 July, the plane took off on its maiden flight to Beijing Capital (PEK) from Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan (HGH) airport sporting YTO livery. YTO is leasing the ex-Donghai Airlines freighter (24916) from GECAS, and plans to begin using it immediately to […]

Southwest Skin Inspections

After last Friday’s well-documented in-flight decompression on Southwest Airlines Flight 812 over Arizona, Southwest grounded 79 of its 737-300s pending further inspection. 19 of the aircraft have been inspected and returned to service as of this morning. On Sunday, Southwest sent nine 733s to Paine field and Aviation Technical Services for work related to these […]

Hong Kong Airlines 737-300SF at HKG

Descending to Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok (HKG) airport is the second-newest Hong Kong Airlines freighter – and it’s not an A330-200F. Earlier this fall we brought you Sandro Koster’s image of Hong Kong Airlines’ first A330F, the 2nd to be delivered. But today we’re bringing you A 737-39K(F), a converted 733 which Hong Kong […]
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