Cargo Air to postpone 737 freighter conversions

Bulgaria-based Cargo Air still holds firm orders for two 737-800BCFs along with two options but has agreed with Boeing to postpone the agreement for another two years to 2023 because the 737 MAX issues are causing 737-800 feedstock prices to remain high, the carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts. When the price is right, Cargo Air might consider […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 14, 2019

Delayed 737 MAX deliveries for Ryanair cuts into 737-800 conversion feedstock

Ryanair Holdings revised the number of 737 MAX aircraft it expects to be operating in its fleet by Summer 2020 from fifty-eight to just thirty, the company announced today concurrently with the release of its Q1 FY2020 earnings, ended 30 June. Along with MAX deliveries, the carrier had planned to gradually retire some of the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 29, 2019

Boeing freighters continue to sell well amidst 737 MAX and 777X challenges

Boeing sold more freighters than passenger aircraft during the second quarter of 2019, according to the manufacturer’s Q2 results, with orders from FedEx for six 767-300Fs [FATs 005050-005056]. By contrast, Boeing only logged unidentified orders for four 737 MAX aircraft and one 787-9 from Air Lease Corporation. Although Boeing said that development and testing of a […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 25, 2019

Boeing credit rating could be at risk in 737 Max crisis

Boeing Co.’s credit rating is at risk as the grounding of the company’s 737 Max jetliner drags into a fifth month, with Moody’s Investors Service joining Fitch Ratings in sounding a warning. The planemaker faces a $5 billion cash-flow drain this year as it continues to churn out aircraft it can’t deliver until regulators around […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • July 22, 2019

Boeing’s 737 MAX may stay grounded until 2020, WSJ says

Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX may stay grounded until early 2020, the Wall Street Journal reported, months later than the guidance the planemaker is privately providing customers for resolving a software issue that surfaced last month. The plane is expected to start flying again in January 2020 “under the latest scenario,” the Journal said, citing unidentified sources within […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • July 15, 2019

Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of its 10th 777F

Last week, Ethiopian Airlines announced on social media that it had taken delivery of its tenth 777F, MSN 65477, which was ferried from Boeing’s Paine Field (PAE) to Addis Ababa (ADD) [FAT 005028]. While Ethiopian’s cargo division has taken redelivery of at least two converted freighters so far this year, this is the first production […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 1, 2019

Ex-Alaska 737-400 combis start to find new life as full freighters

Canada-based Avmax took redelivery of the first of two combi-to-freighter converted 737-400Fs (25099, ex-Alaska Airlines) it has on order with PEMCO World Air Services. Avmax tells Cargo Facts that a second 737-400M (25100) has also been converted to full-freighter configuration and that it is considering full-freighter conversion as an option for the remaining three 737-400 Combis in its portfolio.  Starting with the first […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • June 13, 2019

No direct impact on 737 NG conversions expected from latest Boeing bulletin

Earlier this week, Boeing was alerted to “potential nonconformance” issues for a batch of slat tracks produced by a third-party supplier and previously installed on at least 41 but potentially hundreds of  737 MAX and 737 NG aircraft. Boeing has since confirmed to Cargo Facts that no freighter-converted aircraft or candidates for feedstock conversion are […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 4, 2019
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