AEI adds conversions as interest in 737 Classics continues

Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) and Vx Capital Partners have signed an agreement for the conversion of three 737-400s into freighter configuration. Following redelivery, Vx will have converted a total of twenty-eight 737 Classics, including twenty-six with AEI. Vx’s overall leasing portfolio will grow to forty-three 737-400Fs. The aircraft are the only three 737-400s left in the […]

European freighter fleet analysis (Part I): 737 Classics drive growth, for now

In a year as tumultuous as 2019, it’s encouraging to see that European carriers continued to add freighter aircraft. Today we begin an analysis which will take a closer look at these fleets, starting with narrowbody jets in Part I and moving to widebodies in Part II. To begin with, we note that for this […]

New Vietnamese decree renders conversions unlikely

When a new Vietnamese law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, the country’s carriers will find it much harder to dry-lease and operate their own freighter-converted aircraft. Decree No. 89/2019/ND-CP adds a new article governing the age of used aircraft imported into Vietnam. While passenger aircraft cannot be older than 10 if they are […]

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 […]
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