Rockwell Collins converts first Q300 P2F

Last year, Cargo Facts reported on news that Bombardier, in cooperation with Canada-based Air Inuit, and B/E Aerospace (now a part of Rockwell Collins) was developing a new passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the Q300 turboprop. The program is now progressing well, with news that shortly after Rockwell Collins completed conversion of its first Q300 (msn […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 28, 2017

IAI Bedek reveals new Chinese partner for 737NG conversions

Just as IAI’s Bedek Aviation Group nears completion of the Supplemental Type Certification process for its first 737-700BDSF conversion, a new partner has emerged. During the 2017 Paris Air Show, China-based MRO, Tianjin Aircraft Engineering Co. (TAEC), a subsidiary of the Haite Group, revealed itself as Bedek’s “development partner” for both the 737-700 and 737-800 […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 22, 2017

GECAS will double its 737-800 freighter conversion orders

Following yesterday’s announcement of a four-unit 737-800BCF lease order from the West Atlantic Group, GECAS today said it planned to more than double its orders for 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversions, adding thirty more to the twenty-five it has already ordered from Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) and Boeing. We’ll start with some history: GECAS was the launch […]
  • David Harris
  • June 21, 2017

West Atlantic will be launch operator for the 737-800BCF

Sweden-based all-cargo carrier West Atlantic Airlines placed a firm order with GECAS for the lease of four 737-800BCFs. GECAS, a launch customer for Boeing’s 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion program, will be the first customer to take redelivery of an -800BCF. The first of the four aircraft is currently in conversion at the Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services […]
  • David Harris
  • June 20, 2017

DHL orders more A330-300P2Fs

At the end of the day today at the Paris Air Show, DHL Express and EFW jointly announced a firm order for four more A330-300 passenger-to-freighter conversions, plus options for ten more. DHL was the launch customer for EFW’s A330-300P2F program, with a four-conversion order last year, and the first of four aircraft in that […]
  • David Harris
  • June 19, 2017

UPS and Boeing confirm 767 freighter conversion order

Two months ago, we noted UPS’ purchase of a 767-300ER  (33494) from Japan Airlines, and predicted that, after a maintenance stop at Goodyear Airport (GYR), it would fly off to whichever conversion center Boeing decided to use to convert it to BCF freighter configuration. We also predicted that this was the first of many 767s UPS planned […]
  • David Harris
  • June 19, 2017

EFW begins A330 P-to-F conversions in Singapore

EFW, the Germany-based MRO and conversion joint venture of Singapore Technologies Aerospace and Airbus, ferried an A330-300 (127, ex-Hi Fly) from its Dresden facility (DRS) to ST Aero’s conversion center at Singapore’s Paya Lebar Airport (QPG) for conversion to freighter configuration for DHL Express. DHL is the launch customer for EFW’s A330-300P2F program, and the […]
  • David Harris
  • June 9, 2017

Bedek opens 767 conversion center in Mexico

Bedek Aviation Group, the MRO and conversion arm of Israel Aerospace Industries, reached an agreement with Mexicana MRO Services under which Mexicana will perform passenger-to-freighter conversions 767-300 aircraft at its Mexico City facility for Bedek. Bedek said that in preparation for the induction of the first aircraft later this month, “dozens of Mexicana employees, including […]
  • David Harris
  • June 8, 2017
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