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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 […]

As MD-80s exit passenger service, freighter-converted units take to the skies with Everts Air

On Sept. 4, American Airlines retired the last twenty-six McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft in its fleet. Even though the airframe remains in passenger service with Delta (which operates 62 of the type), fleet numbers are on the decline – at least for units in passenger service. Despite serving a niche market, the number of freighter-converted […]

Aeronaves TSM grows CRJ freighter fleet to five

Aeronaves TSM has taken redelivery of a CRJ200 SF (7787, ex-South African Express) from Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) [FAT 005130]. This is the fifth CRJ200 SF AEI has redelivered to the Mexican cargo carrier. Unit 7787 was ferried from Dothan, Alabama (DHN), where it was converted at the Commercial Jet facility, to Aeronaves TSM’s base […]

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 […]

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 […]
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