加利福尼亚的C3航天工业,正式推出空车A320、A321的客机改造货机计划

目前,C3尚未发布关于货机改造的技术参数,以及推进的时间节点,但提供了一些背景信息: 1、A320、A321的改造工程技术业已开始,且即将完成。 2、A320将首先投入改造, A321则紧随其后。 3、目前,C3正在处理原型机改造的配套服务。虽然具体时间未知,但是预计很快就会开始切割金属。 4、虽未宣布首家客户,C3表示正在与多家潜在的客户进行磋商。 C3是全球进入空客A320系列改造领域的第三家公司。去年,EFW(ST Aerospace和空中客车的合资公司)宣布推出A320和A321的改造计划;上个月,321 Precision Conversions(PAS和ATSG的合资公司)宣布推出A321的改造计划。
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 12, 2017

C3 launches A320/A321 P-to-F conversion program

California-based C3 Aerospace (pronounced “C Cubed”) formally launched passenger-to-freighter conversion programs for the Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft today. C3 did not release technical specifications for either freighter, nor any details about when it expects certification, but did provide some background information. Engineering for both the A320 and A321 conversion began some time ago, and […]
  • David Harris
  • September 6, 2017

Part III: The changing landscape of freighter aircraft leasing

On Monday, we began a multi-part series on freighter aircraft leasing which began with a look at the way in which a business that was originally fairly straightforward has become increasingly complex – you can see that discussion here. Yesterday, we continued with a closer look at the lessors themselves (see part II). while today we will […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 16, 2017

The World’s top 50 cargo carriers Part II — what’s with the data?

Yesterday, in Part I of this analysis we included a chart showing our best estimate of the international, domestic, and total cargo traffic (including mail and both scheduled and charter freight) flown by the top fifty carrier groups worldwide. But why do we call it our “best estimate,” and how is our best estimate different […]
  • David Harris
  • August 9, 2017

Precision and ATSG form A321 freighter conversion JV

Ending its silence on the subject of “what comes next,” 757 conversion specialist Precision Aircraft Solutions this morning announced the formation of 321 Precision Conversions, LLC, a joint venture with Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) “to develop a passenger-to-freighter conversion of Airbus A321-200 Aircraft.” It has been something of an open secret in the industry […]
  • David Harris
  • August 7, 2017

ATSG forecasts “solid growth into the next decade”

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) reported first-quarter net income up 21.5% y-o-y to $10.0 million as net revenue jumped 34.1% to $238 million. Operating income for the quarter was up 15.6% to $17.7 million. Adjusting for the impact of non-cash expenses related to warrants associated with ATSG’s agreement with Amazon, net earnings were up 33% […]
  • David Harris
  • May 4, 2017

PEMCO launches 737-700 conversion programs, books launch order

SHANGHAI – At the Cargo Facts Asia event in Shanghai today, PEMCO World Air Services formally launched passenger-to-freighter and passenger-to-combi programs for Boeing’s 737-700. PEMCO, which was recently acquired by Air Transport Services Group, also announced a launch order from Bahrain-based Chisholm Enterprises, parent of charter operator Texel Air, for the combi variant. Given the […]
  • David Harris
  • April 26, 2017

4Q revenue up, profit down, but ATSG sees blue skies ahead

Air Transport Services Group reported fourth-quarter net income of US$1.5 million, down 89.6% from 4Q15, as revenue rose 22.1% to $222 million. Operating income (EBIT) for the quarter was down 19.6% to $18 million. However, both the net income and operating income figures come with significant asterisks, and mean very little on their own. As […]
  • David Harris
  • March 7, 2017
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