After lagging the general recovery for several years, the air cargo market picked up strongly in the first half of 2017 and is expected to grow a nearly 5% annually through 2025. That is happy news in Seattle and at Boeing cargo-conversion sites, as the OEM provides more than 90% of freighter capacity. Over the next 20 years, Boeing is projecting a need for 1,100 narrowbody freighters, all of which will be converted from passenger models. And it sees a need for 460 widebody conversions, ...

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