YTO goes west with new joint-venture airline and hub

Last week, executives from YTO Express, and its airline subsidiary, YTO Express Airlines, were in Shaanxi Province in central China finalizing an agreement to establish a new joint-venture cargo airline in the province’s capital city, Xi’an. The launch of Northwest International Cargo Airlines (as the airline will likely be known in English) will coincide with […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 2, 2017

YTO’s rapid expansion prompts order for three 737-300P2F conversions

Almost exactly one year ago, Hangzhou-based YTO Express Airlines announced an order for ten Boeing 737-800BCFs (Boeing Converted Freighters), with options for an additional ten. This week, the carrier went public with a separate order for three 737-300 freighter conversions with PEMCO World Air Services. YTO’s new purchase commitment highlights its thirst for capacity in the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 15, 2017

ATSG acquires PEMCO

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) significantly expanded its MRO footprint (and added a new conversion business) with the acquisition, announced this morning, of US-based MRO and conversion company PEMCO World Air Services. The acquisition was made through ATSG’s MRO subsidiary Airborne Maintenance and Engineering (AMES). PEMCO, which was owned by private equity firm Sun Capital […]
  • David Harris
  • January 3, 2017

Expanded STC for IPR

Switzerland-based IPR Conversions received an extension to its EASA-issued ATR conversion STCs, and can now perform conversions on variants of the ATR42/72-500 series. The newly-expanded STC covers both its large cargo door and structural tube conversions. Until now, all of IPR’s conversion have been completed in Toulouse. A steady flow of conversion orders however, has […]
  • David Harris
  • January 1, 2017

Longhao charts course for launch

Over the course of this month, China-based Guangdong Longhao Aviation Group’s cargo airline start-up, Longhao Airlines, made major progress towards entering into commercial service. Not only has it taken delivery of its first freighter-converted 737-300F aircraft, but the airline also appears to have been granted an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the CAAC. Although cargo airline […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 15, 2016

YTO Express takes 4th 737-300F, may have firmed 10 737-800BCF options

Last month, YTO Express Airlines took delivery of its fourth freighter-converted 737-300. Yesterday evening, on 5 July, the plane took off on its maiden flight to Beijing Capital (PEK) from Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan (HGH) airport sporting YTO livery. YTO is leasing the ex-Donghai Airlines freighter (24916) from GECAS, and plans to begin using it immediately to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 6, 2016

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

IAI launches 737-800 P-to-F

Several weeks ago, we reported that Bedek Aviation Group, the MRO and conversion arm of Israel Aerospace Industries, had launched a passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the Boeing 737-700. Bedek has now confirmed the -700 program, and also announced the formal launch of a similar P-to-F program for the 737-800. Bedek declined to comment when asked […]
  • David Harris
  • June 9, 2015
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