The converted aircraft is the first to enter the Evergreen fleet and the 40th conversion completed by TAECO. All 747-400BCF deliveries have been completed on or ahead of scheduled commitments to customer airlines.
“This is a milestone that few other large freighter conversion programs have attained,” said Dan da Silva, vice president, Freighter Conversions for Boeing.
“We believe this speaks to our focus on quality and customer needs.”
The newest 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter takes to the skies on a test flight in advance of its delivery to Evergreen International Airways.
Modified by Taikoo Engineering the aircraft is the 50th Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft to be converted to a freighter, the 40th conversion to be completed by TAECO for Boeing.
Modifications to the 747 aircraft include a side cargo door addition, a new, strengthened main-deck floor, full main-deck lining installation, provisions for a new cargo handling system and complete revisions to the aircraft flight systems. Boeing manages the overall conversion, including engineering and materials, and TAECO converts the 747 at its Xiamen facility under contract with Boeing. Ten conversions have been completed by customers using kits provided by Boeing.
The 747-400BCF program was launched in 2004 and the first delivery took place in 2005.