Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services will convert three Boeing 737-400 aircraft into freighters for Chinese cargo carrier Yangtze River Express, on behalf of Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI).
Boeing Shanghai says the conversion and painting works on the three aircraft will be done at its Shanghai Pudong International Airport facility, under a supplemental type certificate held by AEI.
The first aircraft will be inducted to the facility in early July, and is scheduled to be redelivered to the Chinese carrier in the fourth quarter of 2013.
"This agreement is a testament to the ability of Boeing Shanghai to provide our customers with high quality and on-time PTF [passenger-to-freight] conversion services," says Boeing Shanghai's chief executive Dermot Swan. "We are delighted that AEI once again chose Boeing Shanghai for these conversions, and we look forward to long-term relationships with AEI and Yangtze River Express/Hainan Airlines."
Yangtze River Express is a joint venture between HNA Group, the parent company of Hainan Airlines, and Taiwan's China Airlines. It operates a fleet of 15 737 freighters, three Boeing 747-400 freighters and one Airbus A330-200 freighter.