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Wait a minute, you can’t do this to a narrowbody!

The narrowbody passenger-to-freighter conversion market has been hot for the last several years, and conversion houses are constantly upgrading their existing programs and introducing new ones to match the growing demand. But let’s be honest: there really aren’t that many active conversion programs, and they’re all based on the pretty simple idea of cutting a […]

Swiftair orders four 737-400 conversions from AEI

Spain-based Swiftair placed a firm order for four 737-400 P-to-F conversions from Aeronautical Engineeers Inc, with an option for an additional four. The first aircraft (24438, ex-Samair) is in conversion at the Commercial Jet facility in Miami, the second (24445, ex-Wat Phnom Airlines) will enter conversion at the same facility shortly. In addition to 14 […]

Another freighter for Yangtze River Express

Shanghai-based all-cargo carrier Yangtze River Express (YRE, a subsidiary of the Hainan Air Group) took redelivery today of a 737-400F (29915, ex-Hainan Airlines), following conversion by Aeronautical Engineers Inc, at the Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services facility at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport. The redelivery brings YRE’s freighter fleet to a total of twenty-three units, including three 747-400BDSFs, […]

Freighter conversion – a story in photos

In September 1999, Japan Transocean Air took delivery of a 737-400, msn 29487. The carrier, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, operated the aircraft from its hub in Naha, Okinawa, until late last year when it was acquired by DHL Express as a candidate for conversion to freighter configuration. DHL was looking to add five 737-400 […]

DHL ramps up 737  operations in the Americas

US-based Southern Air took redelivery of the second of five 737-400Fs (27674, ex-Malaysia Airlines) it will operate for DHL Express on a CMI basis in the Americas. Conversion of the aircraft to freighter configuration was done by  Aeronautical Engineers Inc at Commercial Jet’s Dothan facility. This is part of a multi-year agreement between DHL and […]

The changing freighter fleet

It’s been a busy month for freighter aircraft transactions. Regular visitors to this site will have seen a steady stream of reports chronicling the resurgence in demand for medium widebody freighters. Amerijet International, Cargojet, Star Air, and Uzbekistan Airways have all ordered or acquired freighter-converted 767-300s. And while there have been no recent orders for […]

AEI launches 737-800 conversion programs

HONG KONG — There was much interest in the four sessions held here today at Cargo Facts Asia, but the big news was undoubtedly the formal launch at the event of a 737-800 Passenger-to-Freighter and Passenger-to-Combi conversion program by US-based Aeronautical Engineers (AEI). We will analyze the program in detail in the upcoming issue of […]

Farnair takes 45% stake in Thailand’s K-Mile Air

Switzerland-based Farnair acquired the 45% stake in Thailandbased K-Mile Air formerly held by Malaysia’s Transmile Group. As part of the agreement, Farnair will place a 737-400F (28492, recently redelivered to Farnair by Aeronautical Engineers Inc) with K-Mile, replacing the carrier’s single 727-200F (22080),which it recently parked. Farnair has long been a turboprop freighter operator, but last year ordered four 737-400 passengerto-freighter […]
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