EFW becomes Diamond Sponsor of Cargo Facts Symposium 2016

Freighter conversion specialist EFW has signed on as a Diamond Sponsor at this year’s Cargo Facts Symposium. Cargo Facts will take place 10 – 12 October at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami. EFW, a joint venture of Airbus and ST Aerospace, has a long history in the aircraft modification and MRO business. In late […]
  • David Harris
  • June 23, 2016

Narrowbody freighters: the state of the new P-to-F programs

US-based conversion specialist Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) booked a firm order for fifteen 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversions, with an option for fifteen more, from an unidentified customer. That order, combined with recent launch order announcements from Boeing and PACAVI, makes this a good time to take a look at the overall state of the new narrowbody conversion […]
  • David Harris
  • May 18, 2016

PACAVI cements A320 conversion partnership with GAMECO

US-based PACAVI Group and Chinese MRO GAMECO expanded their A320/A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion agreement, saying they intended to jointly offer a “one-stop-shop concept, offering tailored turnkey packages of airframe sourcing, purchase, customized conversion, and leasing or sale to airline customers of all tiers, worldwide.” PACAVI inducted the prototype A320 for conversion at the HAITEC facility in […]
  • David Harris
  • February 10, 2016

ACG orders 15 737-800 P-to-F conversions

MIAMI — US-based lessor and asset manager Aviation Capital Group placed a firm order for fifteen 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversions with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI), with options for fifteen additional conversions. The announcement was made at the Cargo Facts Aircraft Symposium in Miami. AEI launched its 737-800 conversion program last year, and at the Paris Air […]
  • David Harris
  • October 26, 2015

Narrowbody freighters III – The conversion market

Today we conclude our three-part analysis of the narrowbody jet freighter fleet with a look at the present and future passenger-to-freighter conversion market. In Part I we provided a detailed snapshot of the current fleet – the view from 10,000 meters, so to speak. In Part II we analyzed the fleet on a type-by-type basis, and also on an […]
  • David Harris
  • October 19, 2015

Looking back: A300-600 P-to-F conversion

The next generation of narrowbody passenger-to-freighter conversions has been a major focus for us lately, as conversion houses launch P-to-F programs for the Airbus A320/321 and Boeing 737NG Families, and the day of the 737 Classic draws to a close. But there has also been a resurgence of interest in widebody freighters lately, and on […]
  • David Harris
  • October 9, 2015

Uni-Top takes first A300-600F… now what?

China-based Uni-Top Airlines took redelivery of an A300-600F (763, ex-China Eastern), following conversion to freighter configuration by EFW. This is the first of seven A300-600s Uni-Top is having converted by EFW, and marks a significant change in the carrier’s strategy. Uni-Top currently operates three 747-200Fs in international service to India from its base in Wuhan, but, […]
  • David Harris
  • August 25, 2015

Airbus and ST Aero launch A320/A321 P-to-F

Airbus and ST Aerospace formally launched an A320 Family passenger-to-freighter conversion program through their EFW joint venture. It has been no secret that the program was in development, and Cargo Facts expected the formal launch earlier this year, but the companies instead chose the Paris Air Show as the fitting stage for the announcement. One […]
  • David Harris
  • June 17, 2015
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