Boeing, GAMECO add two more B767-300 conversion lines

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Boeing and Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company (GAMECO) plan to create additional capacity for the B767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) with two additional conversion lines next year.

The move is based on what the two say is continued strong market demand. “It was mutually beneficial to continue building our relationship with GAMECO to provide additional conversion capacity for the 767-300BCF while supporting growth in the region,” said Peter Gao, vice president, Boeing Commercial Sales and Marketing for China.

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The agreement was announced at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai.

“GAMECO has demonstrated excellent execution on the 737-800BCF program. We know it will bring the same expertise and proven capability to help deliver our medium widebody freighter conversions to our global customers.”

GAMECO will be the first MRO in China to convert the B767-300BCF and the only MRO converting both the B767-300BCF and the B737-800BCF. Earlier this year, GAMECO announced plans to open a third B737-800BCF conversion line.

“GAMECO is very proud to extend its relationship with Boeing and their converted freighter program to include another aircraft type,” said Norbert Marx, general manager, GAMECO.

“The introduction of the 767-300BCF program further grows GAMECO’s regional presence and enhances our strategic focus around meeting the strong customer demand. We will open the 767-300BCF conversion lines in our new hangar,” Marx added.

Boeing forecasts 1,720 freighter conversions will be needed over the next 20 years. Of those, 520 will be widebody conversions with Asia carriers accounting for more than 40 per cent of that demand. The B767-300BCF has more than 95 orders and commitments.

GAMECO, established in October 1989 at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), is a joint venture between China Southern and Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa (China) that specializes in aircraft and airborne component maintenance, repair and overhaul.

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