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 […]

Boeing 747 production to end in 2022

Boeing today acknowledged a formal end date to 747 production. “We anticipate completing production for the iconic 747 in 2022,” said President and CEO Dave Calhoun during an earnings call with analysts.  Let it sink in for a moment. Yes, the writing has been on the wall for some time now as the temporary low-rate production of six units per year introduced in 2016 has become permanent. Boeing has since then acknowledged it would move to end production absent “sufficient orders.” But the can was kicked further down […]

Cargo Air orders last 737 Classic conversion, brings forward NGs

Cargo Air has ordered a 737-400SF conversion from Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) but is looking ahead to 737-800Fs, shifting forward their introduction to 2021. According to AEI, the aircraft (28882, ex-Go2Sky) is slated to be inducted for conversion into freighter configuration in mid-September at the Commercial Jet facility in Dothan, Ala. (DHN). This is Cargo […]

Narrowbody fleet shaped by feedstock and FAA constraints

The year since we last tallied the narrowbody fleet has been full of unexpected twists and turns that have affected both certification timelines for new programs and feedstock availability. A U.S. government shutdown that began Dec. 22, 2018 and spanned thirty-five days left the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) without the resources to expeditiously certify new […]

Clearing the 737 Max backlog could take three years, Cargo Facts Consulting finds

The delays associated with the 737 Max are expected to affect the narrowbody passenger-to-freighter feedstock situation into 2023, Cargo Facts Consulting (CFC) finds. The current idle 737 Max fleet stands at more than 740 units, including approximately 380 units that had been delivered at the time of grounding in March 2019. Continue reading this article […]

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 […]
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