Alaska Air eager to expand freighter fleet, faces delays due to MAX grounding

Alaska Air Cargo is looking to convert at least two more 737s currently operating in its passenger fleet to freighter configuration, but told Cargo Facts the continued grounding of the 737 MAX has made it difficult to secure approval to free up 737 NG conversion feedstock from its passenger fleet.   Following the deployment of three IAI-converted 737-700Fs beginning in September 2017, […]

BBAM quietly forays into next-gen narrowbody conversions

San Francisco-headquartered BBAM is gradually expanding its footprint in the next-generation narrowbody conversion space, and with the recent redeliveries to China Postal Airlines, the lessor has become the first known lessor to have ordered conversions for both the 737 NG and the A321. China Postal received its first 737-800BCF in August 2019 and the second […]

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 […]

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 […]

IAI aims for 737-800BDSF STC by next month

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group is nearing the end of testing for its 737-800BDSF program and expects to receive the supplemental type certificate (STC) by the end of August 2019, the company tells Cargo Facts. Certification had previously been anticipated for May or June this year. Test flights with the first 737-800 to be […]

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 […]
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