AMSSFO From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 952 posts, RR: 10 Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2347 times:
Korean Air has entered the 747 cargo conversion market starting with one of its own 747-400 passenger aircraft. It will launch the program today (Friday August 4, 2006) at its Aerospace Division. It plans to convert 10 passenger jets through 2009. The program will lift its freighter fleet to 30 by 2010. http://atwonline.com/news/other.html?issueDate=8%2F4%2F2006
I guess it's cheaper than letting others do the conversions.
They are actually going to produce 747-400BCFs using Boeing "kits". What is odd about this relationship is that my original understanding was that Korean would be (like TAECO is) a contractor to Boeing to do the conversions when it came to doing work for other airlines but would be considered to be using "kits" to do work on its own planes. Basically a semantic game.
Remember that one of the things that Boeing ballyhoos about the BCF (formerly the "SF") is that it's a BOEING-converted freighter, and you're getting the benefit of their experience, know-how, quality-control, etc. However, if you read the press release regarding Korean using the "kits" to convert aircraft for others, Boeing really does seem to define its relationship with Korean (and Korean's relationship to the program) as different from its relationship with, say, TAECO.
Boeing talks about Korean "gaining entry to the market" for freighter conversions. They're setting up a competitor to themselves using their own products to do so? Seems odd. Or just such a sophisticated play that I'm unable to comprehend it.
Andrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 461 posts, RR: 10 Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2135 times:
In order to qualify for BCF conversion, Boeing must first approve the conversion. That being said, Boeing is in the light throughout the conversions. Providing planning phrase and technical expertise. Most importantly, the after-conversion warranty is by Boeing.
Unlike IAL's 744BDSF conversion, the after-conversion warranty is from IAL themself. Boeing is not in the picture throughout the conversion, hence they do not receive any support from Boeing.