Boeing and Air China Cargo today announced that the carrier will add 3 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) to its cargo fleet.
The modification work on the three Combi airplanes will take place at Taikoo Aircraft Engineering (TAECO) in Xiamen, China. They previously were operated by Air China.
Air China Cargo currently operates eight freighters, including three 747-400 Freighters delivered new in 2005, 2006 and 2008, as well as two other 747-400 Freighters on lease and three 747-200 Freighters. Modifications include a side cargo door addition, a strengthened main-deck floor, full main-deck lining installation, provisions for a new cargo handling system and complete revisions to the airplane systems
. The 747-400BCF has positions for 30 pallets on the main deck - volume which is comparable to the 747-400 production freighter.