AerSale to convert a large fleet of 757-200s to full cargo aircraft

Romain Guillot
le 24/09/2020 , Maintenance aéronautique
AerSale has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire 24 Boeing 757-200s in order to convert most of them to full-cargo aircraft. These aircraft were all stored at AerSale's facilities in Roswell, New Mexico.

The American company specifies that these 757s are all powered by Rolls-Royce RB211-535s. The acquisition contract also includes 16 spare engines.

While AerSale specifies that some units will be be disassembled for their component parts, the vast majority of them will however be directly converted to freighters in its MRO center in Goodyear (Arizona) in order to respond to "a burgeoning freight market".

"The Rolls-Royce powered 757 is the optimal narrow-body freighter aircraft to service this need, and our team will be converting these aircraft to freighters at our Goodyear Facility," said Bob Nichols, AerSale's Executive Chairman.

As an indication, American Airlines has accelerated the withdrawal of its 757-200s since the start of the pandemic crisis. All are powered by RB211s.

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