Outgoing United 757s could make great freighters, but fleet retirement depends on MAX reentry

United Airlines had planned to to start retiring its fleet of 757-200/300s beginning in 2020, but Andrew Nocella, the company’s COO recently told journalists the retirement schedule will now depend on when the 737 MAX reenters service. Last year, United announced it would use 737 MAX 10s to replace outgoing 757-200s. Given the continued popularity […]

The narrowbody freighter fleet in 2016 — Part III

Today we conclude our three-part analysis of the worldwide narrowbody jet freighter fleet with a look at the state of the passenger-to-freighter conversion market at the end of 2016. You can read Part I here, and Part II here. Conversion from passenger configuration is the only source of narrowbody jet freighters. Operators and lessors of widebody […]

Weight upgrade for Precision-converted 757s

US-based Precision Aircraft Solutions received FAA approval for a Maximum Zero Fuel Weight (MZFW) increase for both winglet- and non-winglet-equipped 757-200PCF conversions. The authorization allows Precision to increase MZFW as high as 90,718 kg. (200,000 lb), which is 5,443 kg (12,000 lb) over the OEM highest certificated MZFW for freighter-converted Rolls Royce- and Pratt & Whitney-powered 757s. In practical terms, the upgrade boosts the structural payload up to 38,101 […]
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