Who’s who in freighter conversions: The conversion houses

Today, we conclude our two-part analysis of the passenger-to-freighter conversion market. In the first part yesterday, we began with a look at the increasing number of narrowbody conversion programs for Next Generation, or NG, aircraft. In the second part today, we take a look at the six conversion houses that currently offer passenger-to-freighter conversion programs […]

Who’s who in freighter conversions: So many programs, so little feedstock

While recent years have witnessed redelivery of the first of the next generation of narrowbody freighter conversions,  the narrowbody conversion space is about to get even busier and more competitive next year. Not only will a second platform, the A321, be introduced but, by the end of 2019, up to three additional narrowbody conversion programs […]

FedEx to park or retire 35 freighters on express headwinds, severed Amazon ties

Concurrent with the release of its 1QFY20 earnings, FedEx announced plans to park or retire the equivalent of up to thirty-five MD-10-10F, A310-300F and MD11F aircraft by the end of its next fiscal year. The company blamed weaker than expected express demand on trade friction and other macroeconomic influences battering the industrial sector. FedEx also […]

Airbus GMF forecasts 2,500 freighters to be added over the next two decades

Airbus forecasts a total of 2,800 freighters will be in service by 2038 a net increase of 1,000 units from today’s totals, the company stated in its Global Market Forecast (GMF) released this week. Despite the recent slowdown in airfreight growth, Airbus is more bullish on the freighter market compared to previous years on the […]

DHL Express takes delivery of third 777F, to be CMI operated by Aerologic

On Sept. 16, Boeing delivered a 777F (66081) to DHL Express. The aircraft was ferried to Leipzig (LEJ) where the aircraft will join the Aerologic fleet and be operated on a CMI basis for the express carrier [FATs 005136-5137]. The aircraft is the third of four 777Fs Boeing will deliver to DHL this year. Like […]

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 […]

ASL adds 737-400F to Irish affiliate

ASL Aviation Holdings has taken redelivery of a 737-400SF (25773, ex-Yamal Airlines). The aircraft is on lease from U.S.-based Vx Capital Partners and will be joining the ASL Airlines Ireland fleet [FATs 005127-005128]. Unit 25773 was ferried from Jacksonville (VQQ), where it was converted at the Flightstar facility by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), to Shannon […]
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