Boeing and MRO provider Taikoo Aircraft Engineering Co.Ltd (STAECO) have announced plans to create two new conversion lines in Jinan, China, for the 737-800 Being Converted Freighter.
The first will open in the first quarter of 2022. The second is expected to begin conversions in the middle of the year.
Once operational, STAECO will operate a total of seven conversion lines dedicated to the 737-800BCF.
“Boeing is pleased to continue growing our strong and mutually beneficial relationship with STAECO by creating additional conversion capacity to meet growing global demand,” said Boeing’s vice president of commercial sales and marketing Peter Gao.
“STAECO has exhibited the expertise and track record of delivering quality freighter conversions and will play a critical role in helping Boeing meet our customer commitments today and in the future.”
STAECO’s president Wang Chao added: “The successful implementation of the 737-800BCF programme at STAECO has become a model of cooperation between manufacturer and MRO on passenger-to-freighter conversions.
“We are honoured by Boeing’s ongoing trust and partnership in expanding our capacity through a sixth and seventh conversion line, and we look forward to continuing to fulfil our commitments in support of our mutual customers.”