Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Freighter Customer Revealed as Order Extends to Nine Cargo Carrying Aircraft

Steady Demand for Conversions Anticipated with Rise of e-commerce
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US – The Farnborough International Airshow in July was viewed as a success by the Boeing organisation and amongst the orders placed with the plane builder was an order for four 767 passenger airplanes to be converted into freighters for an anonymous customer. That order has now been expanded to nine aircraft and the purchaser revealed as global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services, Atlas Air Worldwide, based in Purchase, New York.

Through its Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) programme, Boeing transitions passenger aircraft into cargo carriers, extending the economic life of the airplanes. Boeing's current market outlook forecasts a need for 400 wide body conversions over the next two decades, with strong demand for 767 freighter conversions due to a rise in e-commerce. President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Flynn, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, said Boeing has proved a longtime and trusted partner of the group as the fleet and business had developed, offering operational excellence and support for Atlas customers.

Boeing of course offers a full portfolio of aircraft support and servicing options from aftermarket parts and subscription-based maintenance programmes to digital crew scheduling and advanced data analytics, and Rick Anderson, vice president of sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services welcomed this latest order, saying:

"We look forward to supporting Atlas with our Boeing Converted Freighters as they expand their freighter operations. With more than 40 years of experience in passenger-to-freighter conversions, Boeing has a deep understanding of the needs of the air cargo industry. Our freighter conversion programme not only provides customers with world-class Boeing platforms, we also offer global support and the assurance of a Boeing-backed programme."

In August Atlas, which owns Polar Air Cargo and Titan Aviation Holdings, announced a new contract with FedEx to provide it with five 747-400 freighter aircraft for peak flying seasons beginning in 2017 and lasting through 2021. Peak season flying generally occurs in the month of December and potentially earlier and an agreement to provide five aircraft for the 2016 peak season is already in place.