Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services has cut the cargo door in its first Boeing 737-300SF passenger-to-freighter converted aircraft and anticipates completing the modification in March 2013.
The Kenya Airways aircraft was inducted into the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at Shanghai Pudong Airport in December.
"We are making outstanding progress for our first 737-300 PTF," said Dermot Swan, chief executive of Boeing Shanghai in a release.
The MRO company held an event on 6 February at its hangar to commemorate the event.
Boeing Shanghai first announced its partnership with launch customer Kenya Airways for the conversion project in October 2012. Aeronautical Engineers is arranging the supplemental type certificate (STC) for the modification.
The converted aircraft requires the installation of an 2.2m by 3.56m (86in by 140in) cargo door on the left side of the aircraft fuselage. The main deck of the aircraft is converted into a Class E cargo compartment with 10 positions for cargo pallets.