Monday, June 19, 2017

New Air Freighter Conversions Announced for Logistic Giants

UPS and DHL Do Deals with Plane Makers
Shipping News Feature
US – GERMANY – The start of the Paris Air Show means that all the major aircraft manufacturers are demonstrating their wares and looking to sign lucrative deals. New aircraft for passengers means that operators in the air freight sector are looking to snap up bargains by converting second hand but modern planes into freighters to service their logistics requirements.

UPS announced an order today to convert three 767 passenger airplanes into Boeing Converted Freighters, a programme that sees the plane maker transform passenger aircraft into freight carriers, extending the economic life of the airplane. UPS Airlines President Brendan Canavan said:

"The purchase and conversion of these 767s is a perfect example of how UPS is making smart investments to fuel profitable growth. This extension of our relationship with Boeing will help expand the safe, reliable and on-time services we provide for our customers all over the world."

UPS and Boeing have collaborated on such deals since 1981, when UPS purchased its first 727s to begin its Next Day Air operation, and the transportation giant was Boeing's launch customer for the 767 freighter in 1995. UPS currently operates 184 Boeing aircraft making it a leading client for the Seattle based corporation and Stan Deal, president and CEO at Boeing Global Services said:

"It's a privilege for us to supply and support UPS with Boeing Converted Freighters. 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. This order is an endorsement of the value of that knowledge and the customer service experience we provide."

Meanwhile DHL Express and ST Aerospace today announced an extension of their partnership to launch a new cargo conversion of the mid-range, wide body Airbus A330 aircraft. This follows the launch contract for four A330-300P2F (Passenger-to-Freight) conversions that was also awarded by DHL Express in July last year.

The first aircraft under the launch contract is currently undergoing conversion and is on track to be redelivered by the end of 2017. Under the latest agreement a further four Airbus A330-300 conversion slots to DHL together with options for an additional 10 conversions. Geoff Kehr, Senior Vice President, Global Air Fleet Management, DHL Express, said:

"DHL is delighted to be expanding this pioneering conversion program with ST Aero, EFW and Airbus and securing the option to add more units to our fleet in future. We believe the A330-300P2F, with its favourable payload and range metrics, will address an important demand segment within the air cargo market that is not currently served by any other aircraft type. It will further strengthen the global air network of DHL Express and help us to achieve even greater efficiencies in our aviation operations.” Photo: An aircraft undergoing the comprehensive strip out and refit required to switch a passenger carrier to a freighter. Courtesy Boeing Corp.