Boeing may be pleading poverty, but it is seeing an opportunity in China’s burgeoning express market and is to launch its own 737 conversion programme. It has already pocketed 30 confirmed orders and 25 commitments from seven customers for conversions, which will start delivering in the fourth quarter of 2017. YTO Airlines, Gecas, China Postal Airlines and SF Airlines have all ordered or signed commitments with the original equipment manufacturer. Boeing’s move will no doubt irritate incumbent 737 conversion companies, including AEI and Pemco.

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