C-S Aviation Services has doubled its orderbook with British Aerospace Aviation Services (BAeAS) for Airbus A300B4 freighter conversions, with a $150 million contract for 11 firm orders, plus options on a further ten.

Filton, UK-based BAeAS now has 21 conversion orders from C-S which will be undertaken on A300B4s already in the US lease-management company's portfolio, including nine former Air France and eight ex-Alitalia aircraft. The new firm orders will be carried out from 1998 until mid-1999 and, if the options are exercised, the contract will be extended by 12 months.

BAeAS, which competes with its Airbus partner, Daimler-Benz Aerospace Airbus, for A300 conversion business, received certification in June for its programme. The first A300 converted for C-S is about to enter service with UK freight carrier HeavyLift.

Source: Flight International