The MD-80 has reached a financial tipping point where its acquisition cost is low enough to make it a suitable candidate for cargo conversion. Aeronautical Engineers thinks there’s a market potential for about 100 MD-80 conversions because the aircraft purchase price dipped below $1 million. The Miami-based company launched a passenger-to-freighter conversion program that should receive certification from the FAA, EASA and CAAC in mid-2011, according to Robert Convey, Aeronautical ...

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