BAe floats launch of Avro RJ freighter conversion program

BAe Systems Regional Aircraft put out an interesting press release yesterday, the gist of which is that the company is “considering” a passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the Avro regional jet family. Those not familiar with the Avro RJ could be excused for thinking the aircraft shown in the image at right was a BAe146 freighter […]

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 […]
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