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. Weve 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
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,
- Goodrich Aviation
Technical Services, Everett, Washington, USA.
- InterContinental Aircraft
- Israel Aircraft Industries,
- Singapore Technologies
Aerospace, Singapore and Mobile, Alabama, USA.
- Taikoo Aircraft Engineering,
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. Were implementing this streamlined business model during
the next two years.
You wont 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