China Southern inks deal with Boeing for 737-800BCF conversion line

Last week, Boeing and China Southern Airlines Group quietly inked a strategic cooperative agreement that will dramatically expand the capabilities of China Southern’s Guangdong-area MRO facilities. In addition to a number of technology transfers related to repair and maintenance projects across Boeing’s widebody aircraft platforms, Boeing has also agreed to establish a 737-800 conversion line […]

Will the Silk Road take to the skies in 2018?

As 2017 nears an end, it will go down in the history books as the most robust year for global air cargo demand growth in at least a decade. But it could have been even better. Particularly in China, where well-capitalized start-up all-cargo carriers eagerly await the green light light from the Civil Aviation Administration […]

ATSG acquires PEMCO

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) significantly expanded its MRO footprint (and added a new conversion business) with the acquisition, announced this morning, of US-based MRO and conversion company PEMCO World Air Services. The acquisition was made through ATSG’s MRO subsidiary Airborne Maintenance and Engineering (AMES). PEMCO, which was owned by private equity firm Sun Capital […]

New conversion program from Precision aims at e-commerce market

Following extensive research (and some alcohol-fueled commercial espionage activity) Cargo Facts can break the news of a soon-to-launch, e-commerce-focused P-to-F conversion program that will be offered by Precision Aircraft Solutions. Late one night at the recent Cargo Facts Symposium in Miami, and with the assistance of many drinks, we were able to get one of Precision’s […]

Freighter conversion action continues in China

Yesterday we reported that PacAvi had inducted its first A320 for conversion at the HAITEC facility in Frankfurt Hahn. Today our focus stays (to begin with) on PacAvi, but moves geographically to China, where PacAvi has reached an agreement with Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co., Ltd. (GAMECO), under which GAMECO will perform passenger-to-freighter conversions of […]

Weight upgrade for Precision-converted 757s

US-based Precision Aircraft Solutions received FAA approval for a Maximum Zero Fuel Weight (MZFW) increase for both winglet- and non-winglet-equipped 757-200PCF conversions. The authorization allows Precision to increase MZFW as high as 90,718 kg. (200,000 lb), which is 5,443 kg (12,000 lb) over the OEM highest certificated MZFW for freighter-converted Rolls Royce- and Pratt & Whitney-powered 757s. In practical terms, the upgrade boosts the structural payload up to 38,101 […]
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