Pandemic to boost feedstock availability for conversions [VIDEO]

Although passenger aviation faces the grim reality that it may take two to three years for traffic to bounce back to 2019 levels, feedstock for new and upcoming conversion programs, such as the 737-800 and A321-200, will soon be available at price points viable for conversion, said Doug Kelly, senior vice president of asset valuation […]

Clearing the 737 Max backlog could take three years, Cargo Facts Consulting finds

The delays associated with the 737 Max are expected to affect the narrowbody passenger-to-freighter feedstock situation into 2023, Cargo Facts Consulting (CFC) finds. The current idle 737 Max fleet stands at more than 740 units, including approximately 380 units that had been delivered at the time of grounding in March 2019. Continue reading this article […]

Boeing freighters continue to sell well amidst 737 MAX and 777X challenges

Boeing sold more freighters than passenger aircraft during the second quarter of 2019, according to the manufacturer’s Q2 results, with orders from FedEx for six 767-300Fs [FATs 005050-005056]. By contrast, Boeing only logged unidentified orders for four 737 MAX aircraft and one 787-9 from Air Lease Corporation. Although Boeing said that development and testing of a […]

Garuda Indonesia plans to add 737 NG freighters this year

Garuda Indonesia’s Mohammad Iqbal, Director of Cargo and Business Development, said the Jakarta-based carrier plans to operate four jet freighters this year, including two 737-800 converted freighters, another 737 freighter, and an A330F, Bisnis Indonesia reported. However, the origin of the freighters for conversion is unclear, and feedstock for 737 NG freighters has been particularly […]

2800+ new freighters to be added in the next 20 years, forecast finds

This is the first of three posts on the future freighter fleet based on the 2019 Freighter Forecast, published by Cargo Facts Consulting. The global freighter fleet will add 2,380 jet freighters and 421 feeder aircraft, according to Cargo Facts Consulting’s latest 20-Year Freighter Forecast. The 2019 Freighter Forecast was released today by Cargo Facts Consulting […]

As 737 NG conversions get off the ground, will MAX groundings limit feedstock?

Early 2019 has seen passenger-to-freighter conversion programs launched years earlier for 737 NG aircraft finally complete conversions and receive certifications. First, in February, Aeronautical Engineers, Inc., received STC certification for its 737-800SF, which was redelivered this month to Ethiopian Airlines, on lease from GECAS. Israel-based Bedek Aviation Group also commenced test flights for its 737-800BDSF […]

As SF Airlines takes redelivery of another 757 PCF, plenty of feedstock remains

Today, SF Airlines took redelivery of the fifty-second freighter aircraft, and the twenty-eighth 757-200F, to join the SF Express-associated airline’s fleet. The 757-200 was converted by Precision Aircraft Solutions and is the latest freighter to join SF’s rapidly growing fleet, which grew to fifty freighters by the end of last year following the addition of […]
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