Boeing marks 15 years since first 767-300 widebody freighter conversion

ANA Cargo staff celebrate first Boeing Converted Freighter 797-300BCF.
Photo Credit: Boeing

On this day fifteen years ago, Boeing delivered the first 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to ANA Cargo.

Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) celebrated the completion and certification of the first 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter at a redelivery ceremony held in Singapore on June 16, 2008. 

The conversion process for Freighter #1

The ANA jet first began its transformation from a passenger airplane to a freighter on Oct. 18, 2007, when it arrived at ST Aerospace’s subsidiary ST Aviation Services Company (SASCO) in Paya Lebar, Singapore.

Boeing, SASCO and ANA celebrated the completion of the door cutting ahead of the production schedule on Nov. 18, a significant process that signifies the readiness of the aircraft for major modifications, and they completed the conversion work for this prototype in April on schedule.

 First Boeing Converted Freighter 767-300BCF.

On April 10, Boeing test pilots flew the airplane from Singapore to Seattle, followed by two months of flight testing.

The 50-ton-capacity freighter flew nonstop to Seattle, completing the 14-hour, 51-minute flight at 10:13 a.m. the same day, but 15 time zones away.


Boeing began its ground testing and certification program immediately thereafter. The prototype passed its flight tests with outstanding results and was flown back to Singapore on May 26.

Photo Credit: Boeing

Interior modification by ST Aerospace

ST Aerospace, through its subsidiary SASCO, was appointed to perform the conversions under this 767-300BCF program.

ST Aerospace is a part of Boeing’s international network of modification facilities, and actively involved in performing passenger-to-freighter (PTF) conversions for aircraft including the DC-10, MD-10BCF, MD-11BCF, 727 and 757-200 Special Freighter.

The conversion work involves the removal of passenger interiors equipment and furnishings, and the will installation of the main deck surround structure and side cargo door.

It included replacement of the main deck floor structures, installation of a 9-G rigid cargo barrier and a new cargo handling system, and a maximum take-off weight upgrade as well as other systems changes.

About the 767-300BCF

The 767-300BCF is a wide-body freighter that is based on the Boeing 767-300ER passenger aircraft. The aircraft has a payload capacity of 52 tons and a range of 4,400 nautical miles. T

It became the first freighter to be produced by Boeing since the 747-400F was discontinued in 2009.

The delivery of the first 767-300BCF was a significant event for Boeing and ANA Cargo. The aircraft marked the entry of Boeing into the wide-body freighter market and the expansion of ANA Cargo’s fleet.

The 767-300BCF has been a successful aircraft for Boeing, with over 100 orders placed to date.

Here are some of the key features of the 767-300BCF:

  • Payload capacity of 52 tons
  • Range of 4,400 nautical miles
  • Based on the Boeing 767-300ER passenger aircraft
  • First freighter to be produced by Boeing since the 747-400F was discontinued in 2009

The 767-300BCF is a versatile aircraft that can be used to transport a wide variety of cargo. The aircraft is popular with airlines that operate long-haul routes, as it offers a good balance of payload capacity and range.

The delivery of the first 767-300BCF was a milestone event for the global cargo industry. The aircraft has helped to meet the growing demand for air cargo transportation, and it has played a significant role in the development of the Boeing freighter business.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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