Uzbekistan Airways’ second Boeing-767-300BCF converted from a passenger into a cargo aircraft, arrived in Tashkent on the 20 December 2014. The renovated liner was manned by a professional crew of the commander Iosif Zak and the second pilot Ruslan Almamamedov.
This plane, as well as the first one, has been a part of the programme involving the conversion of two passenger aircraft Boeing-767-300ER into a cargo version Boeing-767-300BCF agreed by Uzbekistan Airways and the Boeing company. According to international experience, the refitment of a passenger airliner into a cargo plane is the optimal way to continue the aircraft’s working life.
This project has been made possible by the logistical and financial support of the Uzbekistan government. Its objective is to establish a modern fleet of cargo planes compliant with international standards and requirements for the development of the international intermodal hub at the Navoi airport and to increase Uzbekistan Airways’ cargo transportation capacity.
The first step was made at the Uzbekistan Аirways Technics – the passenger seats and all the related pieces of equipment were removed. Then the aircraft were converted into cargo planes at the Boeing’s refitment branch SASCO in Singapore. The work involved hatch installation, the alteration of the floor, installation of cargo equipment, new air conditioning and fire protection systems specially adapted for cargo transportation. The crew’s cabin has been also re-equipped to accommodate personnel responsible for the escorting of cargo.
The refitting of the second Boeing-767-300BCF took about 110 days and has been completed according to the schedule. The aircraft has been accepted and introduced by the company after appropriate testing procedures. Today the Boeing aircraft that had served for the company’s benefit for many years has been granted ‘the second life’ and it will now go through a thorough С-check service and re-painting at Uzbekistan Airways Technics.
The converted aircraft will serve the flights from the Navoi international airport to Dubai, Frankfurt, Tian Jing, Aktobe, Delhi and other destinations, altogether 13 flights a week. The plane’s commercial payload is 53 tons. They have been upgraded to the stage 4 noise level, which will enable them to land at the airports that have night flying restrictions such as London’s and Frankfurt’s airports.
The first flight of the first converted Boeing-767-300BCF from Urumchi to Tashkent is scheduled for the coming months.