Oct 12, 2016: Atlas Air, leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services, has inked deal with Boeing to convert nine 767 passenger airplanes into Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF).
Four of the orders were previously announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, attributed to an unidentified customer.
Atlas Air Worldwide, based in Purchase, New York has an all-Boeing fleet.
"Boeing has been a longtime and trusted partner as we've built our fleet and business," said William J. Flynn, president and chief executive officer, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings.
Through its freighter conversion programme, Boeing transitions passenger airplanes into freighters, extending the economic life of the airplane.
"We look forward to supporting Atlas with our Boeing Converted Freighters as they expand their freighter operations," said Rick Anderson, vice president of sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.
"With more than 40 years of experience in passenger-to-freighter conversions, Boeing has a deep understanding of the needs of the air cargo industry. Our freighter conversion program not only provides customers with world-class Boeing platforms, we also offer global support and the assurance of a Boeing-backed program."
Boeing's current market outlook forecasts a need for 400 widebody conversions over the next two decades, with strong demand for 767 freighter conversions due to a rise in e-commerce.
Atlas Air Worldwide's companies operate all-Boeing fleets, including the world's largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighters and provide customers the broadest array of 747, 777, 767, 757 and 737 airplanes for domestic, regional and international applications.