Atlas looks ahead

  Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings last week reported second-quarter net income down 27.5% y-o-y to $20.6 million, as expenses incurred in gearing up for the twenty-aircraft Amazon deal ate into profitability. Reported financial and operational results are shown in the chart at right, but perhaps more important than the results themselves is an examination of […]

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 […]

Jolly good show (for freighters)

The 2016 edition of the Farnborough Air Show saw a considerable reduction in orders compared to recent shows, but on the freighter side of things, there was plenty of good news. Seven customers signed orders for forty-two freighters/freighter conversions, and an eighth customer signed a commitment for two conversions. Volga-Dnepr Group firmed its previous MoU […]

DHL is launch customer for EFW’s A330-300 P2F

At the Farnborough Air Show today, DHL Express signed a firm order with EFW for the passenger-to-freighter conversion of four A330-300 aircraft. EFW, the MRO and conversion joint venture of ST Aerospace and Airbus, launched conversion programs for both the A330-200 and A330-300 several years ago, and in 2014 received a launch order for the […]

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 […]

The first 737-800 enters conversion at AEI

Lessor GECAS ferried a 737-800 (29121, most recently operated by Corendon Airlines) to Miami International Airport, where Aeronautical Engineers, Inc inducted it for conversion to freighter configuration. Redelivery is scheduled for mid-2017. GECAS was the launch customer for AEI’s 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion program (read more on that here), and this is the first -800 to enter […]

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 […]

Boeing launches 737-800BCF with 30 orders and 25 commitments

At a ceremony at the Boeing Shanghai facility this morning, Boeing formally launched a passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the 737-800. The announcement has been expected for some time, as Boeing has recently issued press releases featuring Launch Customer Agreements from YTO Airlines and China Postal Airlines, but this morning’s event in Shanghai revealed some surprises […]
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