GAMECO To Open Two 767-300BCF Conversion Lines In 2022
To meet further global demand for widebody freighter aircraft, Boeing and Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) announced at the Zhuhai Airshow that the Chinese company will add two new conversion lines for the 767-300BCF in 2022.
The China Southern Airlines-linked company will be the first in China to provide 767-300BCF conversions, and the only MRO provider to have both the 767-300BCF and 737-800BCF in its portfolio. GAMECO already has two 737-800BCF conversion lines and announced that it will be adding a third in due course.
Aviation Week Intelligence Network Fleet and Data Services shows there are currently 49 767-300Fs on order and 52 on option, most of which are slated for FedEx Express.
GAMECO rolled out its first converted 737-800BCF in November 2020, five months after the program started in a door-cutting ceremony in June of that year.
GAMECO general manager Norbert Marx said the 767 Boeing Converted Freighter lines will be situated in its new hangar, known as the Phase III hangar. GAMECO previously said that the 98,500 m² (1.1 million ft.²) hangar is expected to increase its number of conversion lines from 20 to 30.
Boeing estimated in its recent commercial market outlook that China’s freighter fleet will quadruple over the next 20 years, from 200 aircraft in 2019 to 810 in 2040.