You are here:   News & Media > News & Releases
Register   |  Login


Boeing Shanghai Completes 737-400 Passenger-to-Freighter Conversion for Yangtze River Express

Publish Time10/18/2013 5:24:36 PM
Brief View: Third overall freighter conversion by China-based MRO

SHANGHAI, October 18, 2013 – Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd., (Boeing Shanghai) has successfully completed the first of three 737-400 passenger-to-freighter (PTF) conversions for Yangtze River Express under a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) held by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) under license from Boeing. 

This PTF conversion is also the first 737 PTF Boeing Shanghai has conducted for a Chinese operator. By the end of 2013, Boeing Shanghai will have redelivered three 737 Classic PTF conversions.

As a Boeing’s joint venture in China, Boeing Shanghai leverages the best practices of Boeing’s operating model and management experience to provide the highest level of quality and technologies to ensure reliable safety flights. As the long term partner, Yangtze River Express trusts Boeing Shanghai’s strong conversion technologies. I sincerely believe our cooperation will create more development opportunities for the both parties and build strong safety shields for air transport,” said by Yangtze River Express President Dong Dawei.

“The reason that Yangtze River selected AEI’s STC is their proposal provides the largest transport capacity compared to the others which can meet the highest demands for our customers.  We chose cooperating with Boeing Shanghai because of Boeing’s strong technical support and Boeing Shanghai’s vitality.  We hope this successful PTF conversion program is a good start for our future cooperation with Boeing Shanghai in more areas,” said by Liu Zhongqing, Vice President of Yangtze River Express.

“The Yangtze River and AEI relationship provides an excellent example of developing key business solutions to meet market requirements and to maximize Boeing Shanghai’s capabilities.  We are honored to have earned the trust and confidence that such a strategic partnership requires,” said Dermot Swan, CEO of Boeing Shanghai. “This completion is a testament to the value that 737-400 freighter conversion will bring to the airline's fleet.  We look forward to further strengthening this relationship to fulfill the airlines’ future demand.

Yangtze River Express Airlines Company Limited is a subsidiary of HNA Group providing domestic and international air cargo transportation and logistics services. Yangtze River has 40 domestic and international routes and more than 800 staff and presently operates more than 200 flights weekly.

Formed in 1958, Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) is the oldest conversion company in existence today. For more than 55 years AEI has provided advanced engineering solutions to aircraft owners and operators. Today the company is a global leader in passenger to freighter conversions for a wide array of aircraft, helping customers extend the life of the aircraft and increase the value of their asset. AEI has developed over 120 Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) and 375 aircraft have been modified with AEI STCs – more than any other conversion provider.

Boeing Shanghai is a joint venture between Boeing, Shanghai Airport Authorities and China Eastern Airlines. Boeing Shanghai offers a broad range of services from engineering, aircraft maintenance and modification to material management and component repair and overhaul.