andrewtang
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The First B747-400SF Mod Work Is Complete!

Sun Sep 11, 2005 6:30 pm

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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fraport
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RE: The First B747-400SF Mod Work Is Complete!

Sun Sep 11, 2005 7:20 pm

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?

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CX Flyboy
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RE: The First B747-400SF Mod Work Is Complete!

Sun Sep 11, 2005 7:44 pm

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.
 
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RE: The First B747-400SF Mod Work Is Complete!

Sun Sep 11, 2005 8:05 pm

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...
 
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RE: The First B747-400SF Mod Work Is Complete!

Sun Sep 11, 2005 8:41 pm

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?
 
fraport
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RE: The First B747-400SF Mod Work Is Complete!

Sun Sep 11, 2005 8:49 pm

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?
 
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RE: The First B747-400SF Mod Work Is Complete!

Mon Sep 12, 2005 3:00 pm

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!
 
B744F
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RE: The First B747-400SF Mod Work Is Complete!

Mon Sep 12, 2005 3:35 pm

No nose door.... whats the point? I thought that was a big part of the -400F that everyone liked?
 
andrewtang
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RE: The First B747-400SF Mod Work Is Complete!

Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:06 pm

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.
 
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RE: The First B747-400SF Mod Work Is Complete!

Tue Sep 13, 2005 5:22 am

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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