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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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), […]
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