Thu, Aug 23, 2007
Also Upgrades Trijet Flight Decks
Boeing says it is helping Aeroflot-Cargo improve its operational
efficiency and adapt to growing cargo market demands, by converting
two MD-11 passenger airplanes into freighters and updating their
flight deck features and cargo-handling system so that they are
consistent across Aeroflot-Cargo's fleet.
"These aircraft represent a very substantial investment. By
putting them in the hands of the original manufacturer for
conversion, we can extend the life of the aircraft and maximize
their capabilities," said Aeroflot-Cargo General Director Andrey
Goryashko. "The Boeing Converted Freighter program gives us the
confidence and support that we expect with a new airplane while
allowing us to make the most of the fleet we already have."
A converted MD-11 has a capacity of 205,400-pounds structural
payload at a range of 3,486 nautical miles, and is capable of
630,500-pounds maximum takeoff weight. The main and lower deck
cargo compartments hold a total of 36 96-by-125-inch pallets or
"This conversion program allows Aeroflot Cargo to streamline and
modernize its operational systems across its freighter fleet," said
Daniel da Silva, vice president for Sales and Marketing, Boeing
Commercial Aviation Services.
Aeroflot-Cargo currently operates four DC-10 Freighters. In
addition to these two MD-11s, Aeroflot-Cargo has committed to lease
three more MD-11 Boeing Converted Freighters from the Boeing
Capital Corporation within the 2007-2008 timeframe.
Modification work will begin in November 2008. Boeing Commercial
Aviation Services will provide detailed engineering design work and
oversight of the Aeroflot-Cargo conversions, with SASCO, a
subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Aerospace, providing touch
labor on the airplanes.
In total, Boeing has converted more than 100 MD-11 passenger
airplanes to freighters.
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