Boeing and aviation leasing firm Guggenheim Aviation Partners today announced a deal to convert three 767-300ER passenger jets to freighters.
The work converting the passenger planes to a freight configuration will be accomplished at ST Aviation Services Co. in Singapore. The Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) will be delivered to Guggenheim Aviation Partners in 2013. Boeing will manage and engineer the project.
“We believe the 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter, with performance characteristics similar to a 767 production freighter, provides a flexible, economic and attractive option for the medium haul freighter market, and we look forward to delivering this to our clients in 2013,” said Steve Rimmer, chief executive officer of Guggenheim Aviation Partners.
The conversions mark the first time that a 767 with Blended Winglets from Aviation Partners Boeing will be converted to a freighter. The 767-300BCF is the only 767 conversion that is compatible with performance-improving Blended Winglets.
The 767-300BCF with Blended Winglets has cargo capability of up to 52 tons at a range of approximately 3,800 miles at 412,000 pounds maximum takeoff weight. The Blended Winglets provide about 5.5 percent fuel savings on a 3,450-mile mission.
A 767-300 passenger airplane undergoes major modifications for a conversion to freighter configuration. A side cargo door and surround structure are installed, the main deck floor is strengthened and the wall and ceiling liners are replaced. New floor panels and freighter tracks are added.