Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) in Taiwan is to undertake conversion work for the 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) programme, which will involve modifying passenger 767-300s into freighters. The first 767 to be converted will enter EGAT’s facility this year, with redelivery as a BCF anticipated in 2018. EGAT has carried out airframe conversions for Boeing before. In the 2000s it produced the manufacturer’s fleet of Boeing Dreamlifters, the converted 747-400s used to transport fuselage subassemblies for the 787 from subcontractor factories to the Dreamliner assembly lines in Seattle and North Charleston. EGAT also converted a 747-400 into a Propulsion Test Platform for GE Aviation in 2014. The 767-300BCF will have similar cargo capability to the 767-300 production freighter, with approximately 50 tonnes of structural payload and 24 pallet positions on the main deck. The aircraft will have a range of approximately 3,000 nautical miles (5,550km) and a 412,000lb (187,270kg) maximum takeoff weight.
The 767-300BCF is one of several conversion programmes underway that are giving former passenger airliners second lives as freighters. A BCF option for 737 Classic models is already available, and a 737-800BCF programme launched in February 2016 is due to deliver its first aircraft later this year. Meanwhile, Airbus has a passenger-tofreighter (P2F) conversion option for its A320/ A321 and A330 families. The A320/A321 P2F was launched in 2015 in partnership with EFW in Germany and ST Aerospace in Singapore. The first A320 P2F is due to be delivered to Egyptair in 2018.