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The First B747-400SF Mod Work Is Complete!  
User currently offlineAndrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 461 posts, RR: 10
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7652 times:

B-HOU has finished her 747-400SF conversion. She will be doing lots of testings for this few months before eventually joining Cathay Pacific Cargo fleet.


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User currently offlineFraport From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7539 times:

I have a question: What ist the difference between these 747-400s SF and the other 744s which have already been converted? For example one of the ex-Air Canada 744s (C-GAGL) is currently being converted to a freighter in Israel. Is this not a Special Freighter?

[Edited 2005-09-11 12:21:27]

User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6626 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7499 times:

They are both 747-400SFs. The israeli one is not a Boeing related one, whereas the CX one is a Boeing conversion. It will be the first one, and Boeing pilots based in Hong Kong will carry out the first ever Boeing type certification work done outside of the US.

User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7441 times:

Quoting Fraport (Reply 1):
the other 744s which have already been converted?

Is the AC 744 conversion at Bedek already finished? The picture above of the CX 744SF is teh first one that I see from an actual 744SF...


User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6626 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7397 times:

Does anyone know the identity of the second 747-400SF for CX? I assume it should already be in XMN. is it an SQ aircraft?

User currently offlineFraport From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7370 times:

Quoting Patroni (Reply 3):
Is the AC 744 conversion at Bedek already finished?

As far as I know it's not finished. At least there've been no pictures of her for a few months now. But I still wonder if it will be called a 747-400 Special Freighter when it wasn't converted by Boeing?


User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5359 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4149 times:

Quoting Fraport (Reply 5):
But I still wonder if it will be called a 747-400 Special Freighter when it wasn't converted by Boeing?

Of course it will what else will they call it? It's still a 744!


User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4021 times:

No nose door.... whats the point? I thought that was a big part of the -400F that everyone liked?

User currently offlineAndrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

Quoting B744F (Reply 7):
No nose door.... whats the point? I thought that was a big part of the -400F that everyone liked?

Many cargo airlines are using 747-200SF/300SF very efficiently. They dont feature the nose door either. When really bulky items is needed to be loaded, airlines would have known before they actually load it up, thus allocating a standard 742F/744F to operate the mission (unless a very very late last minute booking) Either way having 747-400F & 747-400SF will proof to be a great combo. In fact a standard 747F plane do not always opens the nose door for loading cos many a times most of the cargo loads dont really require it.


User currently offlineA300 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3185 times:
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The 747 conversion story is very old and can be traced back to the mid-1970s. The Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF now IRIAF) bought several B747-100's from CO and TW. Some underwent conversion to what is now know as the 747-100SF with the side cargo role. A few had refueling gear and were used as air-to-air tankers. In fact, the oldest 747 still (supposedly) active as an IRIAF B747-131F built in 1970! The SFs of all series are going to be around for a long time.


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