Numerous P2F conversion contracts announced in November

This month of November was particularly rich in announcements of Passenger to Cargo Conversions (P2F).

Texas-based Aero Capital Solutions (ACS) has ordered 13 additional B737-800SFs from Aeronautical Engineers (AEI), bringing the number of such aircraft purchased to 34. With this fourth iterative order, ACS will effectively become the largest customer of AEI’s 737-800SF program. The first aircraft of this new order will begin to be modified in March 2023 at Commercial Jet in Miami (Florida). The other 12 will be modified by Commercial Jet, KF Aerospace (Canada) and HAECO Xiamen (China), with a final aircraft due to enter the conversion phase in December 2023.

Emirates has announced that it will be one of the first operators of IAI’s Aviation Division (Bedek) 777-300ERSF program, with four aircraft deliverable in 2024. Emirates SkyCargo will invest $ 1 billion to increase capacity, from on the one hand by adding “Big Twins”, 777-300ERs converted by and with the STC of Israel Aerospace Industries and from its own passenger transport fleet, and on the other hand by purchasing two new 777Fs directly from Boeing , contract announced at the Dubai Air Show. Emirates’ cargo division operates today with 10 777F aircraft.

IAI also signed an agreement with World Star Aviation to convert ten Boeing 737-800s to an all-cargo configuration (B737-800BDSF), with an option for ten additional conversions. The modification work will be carried out by a subsidiary owned by IAI in China, Bedek Lingyun (Yichang) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co., Ltd. (Belinco) in Yichang (Hubei), as well as on other sites.

Mammoth Freighters for its part announced that Cargojet Airways (Canada) will be the launch operator of its new 777-200LR cargo, with the signing of a sales agreement for two first 777-200LRMFs. The deal also includes additional options for two 777-300ERMFs and two 777-200LRMFs.

Boeing announced the opening of three new conversion lines dedicated to 737-800BCF (Boeing Converted Freighters) in Europe and North America. The first conversion line will be open at its maintenance facilities at London Gatwick from 2022. The other two lines will be located at KF Aerospace in Kelowna, Canada from 2023. At the same time, Icelandic Aircraft Leasing & Trading (icelease ) decided to place an order for eleven 737-800BCF. The first aircraft that will be converted for the Reykjavik-based company will be the one that starts the Gatwick conversion line.

Finally, DHL Express placed a new order with Boeing for nine 767-300BCF. This is the largest contract that the German company has signed with the aircraft manufacturer for this type of aircraft. DHL has already ordered eight 767-300BCF, of which it has received seven. They have been leased to its partner companies in the Middle East and Latin America, in order to expand its regional presence in these parts of the world. At the same time, Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) has reached an agreement with Boeing for the conversion of four of its 767-300s into freighters. This is his first ATSG order for BCF (Boeing converted cargo).

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