Air China Cargo has taken delivery of the carrier's
first 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter, the first of three 747-400BCFs
ordered by the airline. The airplane was converted from an Air China
"Our 747-400BCFs will provide increased
efficiency compared to our 747-200Fs and bring greater operational
commonality with our newer 747-400 Freighters," said Air China
Cargo Vice President Xiao Ping. "We are confident knowing that
Boeing managed the overall conversion and will provide outstanding
support as we operate the airplane."
Air China Cargo is
receiving the 37th 747-400BCF redelivery and the eighth conversion
from a combi model. The airplane is also the 29th to be converted
at the TAECO facility. The second conversion for Air China Cargo
also is under way at TAECO.
Nine carriers have ordered 49
Modifications for the combi-to-freighter
conversion include a strengthened main-deck floor, full main-deck
lining installation, provisions for a new cargo handling system
and complete revisions to the airplane systems. The 747-400BCF has
positions for 30 pallets on the main deck - volume which is
comparable to the 747-400 production freighter.
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