SEATTLE, Dec. 12, 2016 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp. (EGAT) will perform passenger-to-freighter conversions for the 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) program.
Under the agreement, EGAT, an award-winning aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in Taiwan, will modify and convert 767-300BCFs.
The first airplane will be inducted in 2017, with redelivery anticipated in 2018. Boeing has received 27 firm orders from customers worldwide for the 767-300BCF.
“The customer demand we’ve received for Boeing Converted Freighters is a testament to the quality and value of our products,” said Mike Fleming, vice president, Fleet Services, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. “Boeing-managed conversions provide dependability, reliability and operational efficiency advantages that will help our customers adapt and succeed in the evolving air cargo marketplace.”
The 767-300BCF conversion entails the modification of a passenger airplane to the cargo configuration. Converted 767-300BCFs have about the same cargo capability as the 767-300 production freighter with approximately 50 tonnes structural payload at a range of approximately 3,000 nautical miles (5,930 km.) and 412,000 lbs. (187,270 kg.) maximum takeoff weight. There are 24 pallet positions on the main deck.
An experienced Boeing partner, EGAT has successfully carried out complex airframe conversions that built up the fleet of Boeing Dreamlifters – converted 747 airplanes used to support the 787 program – since 2005, as well as a 747-400 Propulsion Test Platform for GE Aviation in 2014.
“We look forward to continuing to build on our strong relationship with Boeing through our partnership on the 767-300BCF program,” said Michael Chang, Chairman of EGAT. “Airline customers who order Boeing’s 767-300BCF will benefit from the outstanding, high-quality products engineered by Boeing, as well as an on-time conversion performed at an award-winning facility in EGAT.”
The expansion of Boeing’s passenger-to-freighter MRO supplier base supports market growth. Boeing’s current market outlook forecasts a need for 400 widebody conversions over the next two decades, with strong demand for 767 freighter conversions due to growth in e-commerce.
About Boeing Commercial Aviation Services
A division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Commercial Aviation Services is a leader in providing 24/7 support and service to the global aviation industry. In addition to designing freighter conversions, Boeing offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services including interior modifications, aftermarket parts, subscription-based maintenance programs, engineering support, crew training, route planning, digital crew scheduling, advanced data analytics and software to enhance airlines and leasing company operations.
About Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp.
Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp. (EGAT) is an award-winning, boutique aircraft and engine Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facility, having won accolades from a host of airline partners, from UBM Aviation as well as Aviation Week. Home to the Boeing Dreamlifter conversion, GE’s 747-400 Propulsion Test Platform conversion, and being a Boeing partner of 787 and 747-8 services, EGAT delivers an extensive menu of airframe, modification, engine and component services to more than airline partners from around the world.
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