First flight of the CRJ200 SF

US-based conversion specialist Aeronautical Engineers, Inc completed the first flight of the freighter-converted CRJ200. As we do whenever a new freighter type flies for the first time, we will welcome the newcomer with a few photos. AEI launched the program in cooperation with Bombardier (the CRJ’s manufacturer) in 2013. At first the launch was speculative, but […]
  • David Harris
  • July 22, 2016

Narrowbody freighters: the state of the new P-to-F programs

US-based conversion specialist Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) booked a firm order for fifteen 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversions, with an option for fifteen more, from an unidentified customer. That order, combined with recent launch order announcements from Boeing and PACAVI, makes this a good time to take a look at the overall state of the new narrowbody conversion […]
  • David Harris
  • May 18, 2016

Ukraine Air Alliance applies for US cargo rights

Ukraine Air Alliance applies for US cargo rights, and says it plans to acquire MD-80 freighters. Kiev-based An-12 operator Ukraine Air Alliance filed an application with the US Department of Transportation on 26 October for a foreign air carrier permit and an exemption authorizing the carrier “to engage in scheduled and charter foreign air transportation […]
  • David Harris
  • November 12, 2015

Conversion conundrums

The 2015 edition of the Cargo Facts Aircraft Symposium is officially over, and the speakers, delegates, and sponsors are flying back to their homes in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. We will publish a full report on the Symposium, the most successful and enjoyable in recent memory, in the next issue of Cargo […]
  • David Harris
  • October 29, 2015

ACG orders 15 737-800 P-to-F conversions

MIAMI — US-based lessor and asset manager Aviation Capital Group placed a firm order for fifteen 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversions with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI), with options for fifteen additional conversions. The announcement was made at the Cargo Facts Aircraft Symposium in Miami. AEI launched its 737-800 conversion program last year, and at the Paris Air […]
  • David Harris
  • October 26, 2015

Narrowbody freighters III – The conversion market

Today we conclude our three-part analysis of the narrowbody jet freighter fleet with a look at the present and future passenger-to-freighter conversion market. In Part I we provided a detailed snapshot of the current fleet – the view from 10,000 meters, so to speak. In Part II we analyzed the fleet on a type-by-type basis, and also on an […]
  • David Harris
  • October 19, 2015

YTO is launch customer for Boeing’s 737-800BCF

Hangzhou YTO Express Airlines, the recently formed air arm of Shanghai-based YTO Express, signed a launch customer agreement (LCA) with Boeing for fifteen 737-800BCF passenger-to-freighter conversions. Yu Weijiao, President of YTO Express and Stanley A. Deal, Senior Vice President of Boeing Commercial Airplanes signed the agreement at a ceremony during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit […]
  • David Harris
  • September 28, 2015

GECAS places launch order for AEI 737-800 P-to-F

The narrowbody freighter boom continues. Aircraft lessor GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) closed the Paris Air Show with the announcement of an order with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc for up to twenty 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversions. AEI was the first of the conversion houses to announce the formal launch of a P-to-F program for the current generation […]
  • David Harris
  • June 19, 2015
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