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KE Starts Cargo Conversions Of Its Own 747s

Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:58 pm

ATWonline reports
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.
 
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RE: KE Starts Cargo Conversions Of Its Own 747s

Fri Aug 04, 2006 11:09 pm

At least two of these will be flying for Cargo360.
 
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RE: KE Starts Cargo Conversions Of Its Own 747s

Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:39 am

Quoting AMSSFO (Thread starter):
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.

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/avi...vices/news/2006/q2/060503a_nr.html

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.

[Edited 2006-08-05 00:05:37]
 
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RE: KE Starts Cargo Conversions Of Its Own 747s

Sat Aug 05, 2006 11:21 am

it probably works along the lines of, if you got enough planes you want converted and you have the capability, you are now an authorized BCF convertor
 
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RE: KE Starts Cargo Conversions Of Its Own 747s

Sat Aug 05, 2006 11:29 am

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.

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