Who’s who in freighter conversions part II: the major conversion houses

Today we conclude our two-part analysis of the passenger-to-freighter conversion market. In part I yesterday, we began with a look at that market’s move into conversions of Next Generation, or NG, aircraft, and some thoughts on how future widebody conversion programs are likely to play out. In part II today, we take a look at […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 12, 2018

Who’s who in freighter conversions part I: the next generation and beyond

Last year, the conversion industry finally pushed forward the next generation of conversions with the redelivery of the first freighter-converted next-generation (NG) narrowbody aircraft – Alaska Airlines’ 737-700BDSF converted by Bedek Aviation Group. Boeing aircraft weren’t the only airframe types to find new life as freighters among the next generation, either, as a year ago […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 11, 2018

Vallair is the launch customer for EFW’s A321P2F

At the Singapore Air Show today, Luxembourg-based lessor Vallair confirmed it had placed a launch order with Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) for ten A321 passenger-to-freighter conversions. The first aircraft is scheduled for induction in the fourth quarter of 2018, with redelivery planned by the end of 2019. EFW, a 60/40 joint venture of ST Aerospace and […]
  • David Harris
  • February 7, 2018

Freighter conversions: The future has (finally) arrived

Today we begin a multi-part analysis of the passenger-to-freighter conversion market with a look at how the conversion landscape has evolved from a long period of very little change, to the current point of transition to a whole new landscape. For most of the last fifteen years, the freighter conversion market has been relatively stable. […]
  • David Harris
  • December 18, 2017

EFW’s A330-300P2F receives EASA certification

EFW, the MRO and conversion joint venture of ST Aerospace and Airbus, received supplemental type certification (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency for it passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the A330-300. The conformity aircraft (116) will be redelivered soon to launch customer DHL Express, which will hand it over to ASL Airlines Ireland for operation […]
  • David Harris
  • November 24, 2017

EFW becomes Diamond Sponsor of Cargo Facts Symposium 2016

Freighter conversion specialist EFW has signed on as a Diamond Sponsor at this year’s Cargo Facts Symposium. Cargo Facts will take place 10 – 12 October at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami. EFW, a joint venture of Airbus and ST Aerospace, has a long history in the aircraft modification and MRO business. In late […]
  • David Harris
  • June 23, 2016

Fifteen pallets for ST Aero

ST Aerospace, through its US subsidiary VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, received Supplemental Type Certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration for a 15-pallet passenger-to-freighter 757-200 conversion. ST Aero has converted far more 757-200s to freighter configuration than any other conversion house. But almost all of those were part of a single contract for 119 conversions […]
  • David Harris
  • December 22, 2015

Keeping track of the narrowbody conversion programs

How many narrowbody conversion programs does the world need? When Aeronautical Engineers Inc announced the launch of a 737-800 P-to-F conversion program at the Cargo Facts Asia event in Hong Kong this spring, we did not expect AEI would have the field to itself for long. But just six months later the field has become […]
  • David Harris
  • November 4, 2014