Staeco Adds 737-800 Conversion Line, Boeing Delivers 90th 737-800BCF

Boeing freighter
Credit: Boeing

FARNBOROUGH—Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. (Staeco) added a seventh Boeing 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion line and inducted its first aircraft in July. 

The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider at Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport added its sixth line in the first quarter, following an announcement with Boeing on Dec. 7 for the two additional lines.

Boeing has steadily been adding conversion lines worldwide to keep up with its growing 737-800BCF orderbook, which just topped 250 here at the air show. 

In November, it will add a second conversion line at its facility at London Gatwick Airport. The first line started in May, with a 737-800BCF for Icelease, an Icelandic-based lessor.

Next year KF Aerospace, a Kelowna, British Columbia MRO, will open two 737-800BCF lines.

Last year, Boeing announced a partnership with Coopesa, an MRO in Alajuela, Costa Rica, for two lines.

Boeing just delivered its 90th 737-800BCF.

Lee Ann Shay

As executive editor of MRO and business aviation, Lee Ann Shay directs Aviation Week's coverage of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), including Inside MRO, and business aviation, including BCA.