US-based Flightstar Aircraft Services is to convert 10 Boeing 727-200s into freighters for use by Astar Air Cargo.

Flightstar says the aircraft are owned by BATA, a joint venture between Boeing Capital and ATA Holdings. "The conversions will begin immediately, and include a D level maintenance check for each aircraft," it says. "The conversion programme will continue through the second quarter of 2005."

Flightstar, based at Jacksonville International Airport, Florida, says that earlier this year it completed conversions on four 727s now being operated by US cargo carrier Astar, which until a recent ownership change was known as DHL Airways.

Astar flies around 40 Airbus A300B4, Boeing 727 and McDonnell Douglas DC-8 aircraft.

Source: Flight International