The turboprop freighter fleet in 2017

Today we begin a multi-part analysis of the worldwide fleet of turboprop freighter aircraft in commercial service, starting with some background and then showing the breakdown of the fleet by type and operator. You can read Part II here, and Part III here. Two years ago, in our analysis of the turboprop freighter fleet in […]
  • David Harris
  • July 7, 2017

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 […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 28, 2017

Dash 8-100 joins the growing list of turboprop freighters

In 2014, Canada-based Voyageur Airways, took on the development of a passenger-to-package-freighter conversion program for the Dash 8-100. The move was in response to an RFP “from a courier company looking for a regional aircraft solution to transport small package cargo.” Between then and now, Voyageur has undergone significant change, starting with its acquisition by […]
  • David Harris
  • May 8, 2017

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • October 6, 2016

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

Turboprop Freighter Fleet – Part III

Last week, in Parts I and II 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, and then looked at the fleet in more detail on a type-by-type basis. You can read Part I here and […]
  • David Harris
  • June 13, 2016

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • June 9, 2016

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • March 2, 2016
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