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Persepective - Mike StewartBoeing has offered airplane freighter conversions to airlines for decades, beginning in the 1970s and 1980s with the 747s and DC-8s, respectively. We know this business and continue to explore the best, most efficient ways to make it successful for you and for us.

The merger of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas four years ago brought together airplane freighter conversion programs for the 757-200, 747-200, 747-300, DC-10, MD-10, and MD-11. At that time, we performed an average of 10 conversions a year. We’ve come far since then. We now perform 35 to 40 conversions annually. In addition, we are developing conversion programs for the 737-300, 737-400, 767-200, 767-300, MD-80, and 747-400.

As we expanded our product offerings, we also learned how to better manage the freighter conversion business and to focus on what we do best at Boeing: program management, engineering and certification, and aftermarket support. At the same time, we have entered into contracts with global suppliers whose competencies include modification installation, heavy maintenance, and component overhaul.

Our network of suppliers includes the following companies:

  • Aeronavali, Venice, Italy.
  • Goodrich Aviation Technical Services, Everett, Washington, USA.
  • InterContinental Aircraft Services, Taiwan.
  • Israel Aircraft Industries, Tel Aviv.
  • Singapore Technologies Aerospace, Singapore and Mobile, Alabama, USA.
  • Taikoo Aircraft Engineering, Xiamen, China.

As we continue to mature our freighter conversion business, we will rely more on our suppliers. Although we still will be responsible for engineering design and certification and for providing technical data, our suppliers will take on more responsibility for sales, marketing, contracting, and parts. We’re implementing this streamlined business model during the next two years.

You won’t see any change in our commitment to quality and engineering excellence, but we believe these new arrangements will enable you, the owners and operators of Boeing airplanes, to work in a more streamlined fashion with modification sites that offer a broad array of products and services.

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