Evergreen receives first 747 converted freighter

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Cargo carrier Evergreen International Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 747-400 converted freighter.

The aircraft is the 50th to be converted to a freighter under the programme managed by Boeing, and the 40th conversion completed by Xiamen-based Taikoo Aircraft Engineering Co (TAECO), contracted by Boeing.

Modifications to the aircraft include the addition of a side cargo door, a new, strengthened main-deck floor, full main-deck lining installation, provisions for a new cargo handling system and complete revisions to the aircraft systems.

Boeing manages the overall conversion, including engineering and materials, while TAECO converts the aircraft at its Xiamen facility.

Evergreen operates 10 747s, including one 747-400 freighter and nine 747-200 freighters.

The 747-400 conversion programme was launched in 2004.