Aug 8, 2019: Cebu Pacific (CEB), leading Philippine carrier, took delivery of its first ATR 72-500 aircraft converted from passenger to cargo use, on August 6.
The freighter, the first of its type in the Philippines, offers capacity to carry as much as 8 tonnes of cargo.
The ATR aircraft is equipped with a Large Cargo Door (LCD), allowing a load of up to seven (7) Ld3 air cargo containers, or five PBJ pallets.
It gives CEB the ability to bring cargo in and out of destinations served by airports with short runways where only turboprops can take off and land.
The conversion was performed at the Sabena Technics DNR SAS facility in Dinard, France. Sabena is one of France's leading maintenance and modification services (MRO) providers for both civilian and military aircraft.
Last July, the carrier had signed an agreement with Switzerland-based IPR Conversions for the conversion of its two ATR aircraft. The second ATR 72-500 freighter is expected to be delivered in late-2019.