Idled Dash 8 fleet crowds conversion market

With passenger services to remote locations cut off or dramatically reduced as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, proposals to utilize turboprop aircraft for cargo-only missions have surged.   In response to operator requests for temporary cargo reconfigurations, aircraft converters — and OEMs in particular — have turned to the Dash 8 platform. These temporary solutions now complement a sizable […]

CFS 2019: Containerized or bulk for feeders?

SAN DIEGO – Even with a large cargo door that would allow for the loading of unit load devices (ULDs), it might not always make sense for feeder freighters to do so. David Vanderzwaag, manager of sales and business development, interiors, at Collins Aerospace, told the audience at Cargo Facts Symposium 2019 the challenges he […]

Collins Aerospace aims to complete Q300F in 4Q19, redeliver in 1Q20

Air Inuit and Collins Aerospace inducted a Dash-8-300 (MSN 300) for large cargo door conversion in April and expects to wrap up the conversion toward the end of this year. Once the conversion, which is being performed at Air Inuit's hangar facility in Montreal, is finished, STC certification is expected in 1Q20, with the first […]

Rockwell Collins converts first Q300 P2F

Last year, Cargo Facts reported on news that Bombardier, in cooperation with Canada-based Air Inuit, and B/E Aerospace (now a part of Rockwell Collins) was developing a new passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the Q300 turboprop. The program is now progressing well, with news that shortly after Rockwell Collins completed conversion of its first Q300 (msn […]

B/E Aerospace to lead large-door Q300 conversion program

Early this year we broke the news that Bombardier, in cooperation with Canada-based Air Inuit, was launching a large-door passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the Q300 turboprop. At that time, Bombardier said:  “In support of this conversion, a new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) will be developed under license by a specialized third party entity.” Seven months […]

Turboprop freighter fleet – Part II

Yesterday, in Part I of this three-part analysis of the worldwide turboprop freighter fleet, we offered an overview of the fleet, as well as a showing the entire fleet broken down by carrier. You can read Part I here, and today, we look at the fleet in more detail by type. Next week we will […]

Bombardier launches Q300 P-to-F

Bombardier, working with Canada-based Air Inuit, launched a passenger-to-freighter conversion program for its Q300 turboprop. Air Inuit developed its own small-door Q300 conversion several years ago, and converted two of its ten Q300 passenger aircraft, but the new, Bombardier-backed conversion will offer an “optimized” cargo door allowing the loading of palletized cargo. The converted freighter’s […]
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