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Cargolux is considering the Boeing 777-300ER freighter conversion program to coincide with its future fleet requirements.

The freighter operator who has 30 747s in the fleet is now viewing two scenarios for future aircraft orders including freighter versions of newer-generation widebodies, or conversion of older-generation passenger aircraft such as Boeing 777-300ER.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled its 777-300ER conversion program last year in October. American leasing giant GECAS placed 15 firm conversions with 15 options. The conversion is designated 777-300ER special freighter (SF) and is the first aftermarket cargo modification launched for the 777 family.

“I’m keeping an eye on that and wondering if the whole freighter concept is now going full circle, where initially it started off as conversion of passenger aircraft and then it went into production freighters, and maybe are we getting back to a situation now where manufacturers are going to say the risk is too high,” 

Cargolux CEO Richard Forson said.

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