Launch orders for new narrowbody conversion programs

HONG KONG — Launch orders totaling 92 passenger-to-freighter conversions were announced for 737-800 and A320 conversion programs at the fourth annual Cargo Facts Asia event in Hong Kong today. Aeronautical Engineers Inc launched their 737-800 P-to-F program at last year’s Cargo Facts Asia, and today confirmed launch orders for a total of 50 conversions from two customers. AEI […]
  • David Harris
  • April 21, 2015

A month of broken cargo records

In yesterday’s post about the strength of air freight demand in November, we noted that two of the companies reporting – Hong Kong International Airport and Etihad Airways – achieved record volumes. But that turns out to be only the tip of this particular iceberg, as records continued to fall. Cargolux: Luxembourg-based all-cargo carrier Cargolux […]
  • David Harris
  • December 16, 2014

Keeping track of the narrowbody conversion programs

How many narrowbody conversion programs does the world need? When Aeronautical Engineers Inc announced the launch of a 737-800 P-to-F conversion program at the Cargo Facts Asia event in Hong Kong this spring, we did not expect AEI would have the field to itself for long. But just six months later the field has become […]
  • David Harris
  • November 4, 2014

AEI signs 737NG licensing agreement with Boeing

US-based conversion specialist Aeronautical Engineers Inc signed an agreement to license Boeing engineering data to develop its 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion. Last week we reported on a new widebody conversion program, this week we follow up with the latest on the narrowbody conversion market. AEI formally launched its 737-800 P-to-F program in April of this year […]
  • David Harris
  • October 13, 2014

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • September 15, 2014

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • September 11, 2014

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, […]
  • David Harris
  • August 12, 2014

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • June 25, 2014
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