CRJ conversions not affected by Bombardier’s sale of program

The sale of Bombardier’s CRJ program and its subsequent termination is not expected to have any material effect on Aeronautical Engineers, Inc.’s (AEI) own CRJ passenger-to-freighter conversion program, the conversion house told Cargo Facts. Bombardier announced in June that it was selling off the CRJ program to Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, with the remaining backlog […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 16, 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

Ethiopian Airlines nearing an order for more 737-800SFs

Now that Ethiopian Airlines has successfully put the first of two 737-800SFs into regional service, the carrier is nearing an order for two more of the aircraft type, sources close to the carrier tell Cargo Facts. Although a deal has not yet been inked, Ethiopian Cargo is expected to soon finalize a deal for two […]
  • Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee
  • July 19, 2019

Freighter aircraft leasing part II: E-commerce behind growing leasing market

Last week, we began our two-part annual analysis of the increasingly complex world of freighter aircraft leasing. In part I, we started with an overview of how the freighter fleet belonging to lessors has evolved since our analysis a year ago. In part II, we consider the leased fleet by carrier, and how year-over-year shifts […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 19, 2019

GAMECO angling for narrowbody freighter conversions with new maintenance lines

Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co., Ltd. (GAMECO), in which China Southern holds a 50% stake, is in the process of constructing a third hangar with up to eleven maintenance lines as it seeks to support China Southern’s growing fleet and increase its involvement with third-party projects including passenger-to-freighter conversions and freighter maintenance. GAMECO broke ground […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 16, 2019

Titan Airways receives second 737-400SF; expects first A321P2F by year-end 2020

U.K.-based Titan Airways has taken redelivery of its second 737-400SF from Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) [FAT 005041-5042]. The aircraft (25853, ex-British Airways), on lease from Automatic LLC and previously part of Titan’s own passenger fleet, was inducted for conversion at the Commercial Jet facility in Dothan, Alabama (DHN), in October 2018. It was ferried from […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 11, 2019

CFA: Steeper engine costs are the reality for 737 NG conversions [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held last month in Shanghai, executives from AEI and Boeing discussed some of the factors contributing to steeper conversion costs for 737 NG conversions, compared to 737-300s and -400s. According to panelists, the main contributor to steeper costs is engines. “The NG […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 14, 2019

SpiceXpress’ second 737-700F converted at Haite in Tianjin

On 18 April, Bedek redelivered a 737-700BDSF (30512, ex-Xiamen Airlines) to Spectre Air Capital, following conversion to freighter configuration at the Haite Facility in Tianjin. Just hours before the Cargo Facts team departed Shanghai following a successful Cargo Facts Asia, the aircraft departed Tianjin Binhai Airport (TSN) and was ferried to New Delhi Airport (DEL), […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 22, 2019
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