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World's first 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter goes to ANA

08-18-2008 01:10 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: ST Aerospace

Global specialist in aerospace engineering and aviation support solutions

Global specialist in aerospace engineering and aviation support solutions

SINGAPORE, June 16, 2008 – Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace), Boeing [NYSE: BA] and All Nippon Airways (ANA) celebrated the completion and certification of the first 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) at a redelivery ceremony held in Singapore today. Boeing launched the 767-300BCF passenger-to-freighter conversion (PTF) programme in 2005 with three firm orders and four options from ANA. Since then, ANA has exercised all the options, and now has ordered seven PTF conversions in all.

“We are delighted to take delivery of the first 767-300BCF. It will be a key aircraft in the expansion of our cargo operation and express delivery services to countries neighbouring Japan. The 767 has long been the work-horse of the ANA passenger fleet; it is very gratifying to see an old friend work beyond retirement, and in doing so contribute to the environment in terms of saving and reusing resources. We thank Boeing for their design and SASCO for their work in carrying out the conversion." ~ Shinsuke MAKI, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Maintenance, ANA

"Boeing employees and ST Aerospace worked as true partners to complete this well-designed and expertly managed conversion. We do everything possible to help customers increase the environmental and operational efficiencies throughout the entire lifespan of their airplanes." ~ Lou MANCINI, Vice President and General Manager, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services

The ANA aircraft began its transformation from a passenger airplane to a freighter on October 18 2007, when it arrived at ST Aerospace’s subsidiary ST Aviation Services Company (SASCO) in Paya Lebar, Singapore. Boeing, SASCO and ANA celebrated the completion of the door cutting ahead of production schedule on November 18, a significant process that signifies the readiness of the aircraft for major modifications, and completed the conversion work for this prototype in April on schedule. On 10 April, Boeing test pilots flew the aircraft from Singapore to Seattle, followed by two months of flight testing. The 50-ton-capacity freighter flew nonstop to Seattle, completing the 14-hour, 51-minute flight at 10:13 a.m., the same day, but 15 time zones away. Boeing began its ground testing and certification programme immediately thereafter. The prototype passed its flight tests with outstanding results and was flown back to Singapore on 26 May.

“This first 767-300BCF redelivery is another demonstration of ST Aerospace’s ability to provide on-time, quality and reliable conversions. We are honoured by Boeing’s and ANA’s trust in us, and are pleased to work with our long time partners to, once again, deliver a quality product that meets their expectations. We will continue to leverage on our engineering capabilities to enhance customers’ asset reliability and value.” ~ TAY Kok Khiang, President, ST Aerospace

A part of Boeing’s international network of modification facilities, and actively involved in performing PTF conversions for aircraft including DC-10, MD-10BCF, MD-11BCF, 727 and 757-200 Special Freighter, ST Aerospace through its subsidiary SASCO, was appointed to perform the conversions under this 767-300BCF programme. The conversion work involves the removal of passenger interiors equipment and furnishings, installation of the main deck surround structure and side cargo door, replacement of the main deck floor structures, installation of a 9-G rigid cargo barrier and a new cargo handling system, maximum take-off weight upgrade, as well as other systems changes.

This Boeing Converted Freighter meets Boeing’s demanding standards for quality and consistency. BCF airplanes are economical to maintain and operate. This assures the highest value in the freighter market. With more than 30 years of successful PTF conversion experience, original design data, and a deep understanding of the production freighters, we offer something no one else can: conversion by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

With up to 54 tonnes of lift, high dispatch reliability, superior performance, low noise, and thrifty fuel consumption, the 767-300 is a valuable member of any freighter fleet. PTF conversion is an excellent strategy for augmenting lift or for replacing aging DC8s, A300s, and DC10s.

Boeing Converted Freighters are one example of Boeing’s LIFECYCLE SOLUTIONS, innovative solutions to improve airplane and airline operational and environmental efficiencies through the entire life of the airplane.

Media Contacts:
Audrey Tan
Head, Corporate Communications
ST Aerospace
Tel: (65) 6380 6152
Fax: (65) 6280 8213
Email: audreytan@stengg.com

Jennifer Hawton
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Tel: (1) 425 444 1600
Email: jennifer.d.hawton@boeing.com

Raymond Francis
Boeing Singapore
Tel: (65) 6883 9809
Email: Raymond.P.Francis@boeing.com

Rob Henderson
ANA
Tel: (81) 3 6735 1116
Email: r.henderson@ana.co.jp

ST Aerospace is the aerospace arm of ST Engineering. Operating a global MRO network with facilities in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, it is the world's largest airframe MRO provider with a global customer base that includes many of the world's leading airlines, airfreight operators and military operators. ST Aerospace provides a full spectrum of maintenance and engineering services through its two business segments: Aircraft Maintenance & Modification (AMM) and Component & Engine Total Support (CETS). Its services include airframe, engine and component maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering design and technical services; and aviation materials and management services, including Total Aviation Support. ST Aerospace has a global staff strength of more than 7,000 engineers and technical specialists. Please visit http://www.staero.aero.

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