Chinese cargo carrier SF Airlines has inked a deal with ST Aerospace for five Boeing 757-200SF passenger-to-freighter conversions, with an option for three more aircraft.
The first of the conversions was started in January and is due to be redelivered to Shenzhen-based 737 and 757 operator SF Airlines by the end of the 2014 third quarter.
“We currently operate up to 14 self-owned aircraft and we see a strong potential in the cargo market. We intend to continue expanding our fleet in order to cater to the increasing demand,” SF Airlines CEO LI Sheng said.
ST Aerospace launched the 15-pallet 757-200SF conversion program in early 2013. It will be seeking supplemental type certification (STC) from the Chinese CAA, EASA and FAA.
“This STC is based on Boeing’s production freighter as well as ST Aerospace’s existing FAA-approved 14-pallet STC for 757-200 PTF conversions, which is also the only STC developed, based on Boeing’s licensed passenger and freighter data,” ST Aerospace said.