Due to strong market demand, Boeing will open two new 767-300BCF conversion lines next year at GAMECO in Guangzhou, China. GAMECO will become the first MRO to convert both the 737-800BCF and 767-300BCF.
On Tuesday (September 28, 2021), Boeing announced the opening of two new 767-300BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) lines at the Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Company (GAMECO) in Guangzhou, China next year due to strong demand. The agreement was revealed at a signing ceremony at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai. With the new conversion lines, GAMECO will become the first MRO to convert both the 737-800BCF and 767-300BCF.
In Tuesday’s announcement, Boeing’s Vice President – Commercial Sales and Marketing for China, Peter Gao, said,
“It was mutually beneficial to continue building our relationship with GAMECO to provide additional conversion capacity for the 767-300BCF while supporting growth in the region. GAMECO has demonstrated excellent execution on the 737-800BCF program. We know it will bring the same expertise and proven capability to help deliver our medium widebody freighter conversions to our global customers.”
Also commenting on the addition of 767-300BCF lines, GAMECO’s General Manager, Norbert Marx, said,
“GAMECO is very proud to extend its relationship with Boeing and their converted freighter program to include another aircraft type. The introduction of the 767-300BCF program further grows GAMECO’s regional presence and enhances our strategic focus around meeting the strong customer demand. We will open the 767-300BCF conversion lines in our new hangar.”
Over the next 20 years, Boeing is forecasting the need for 1,720 converted freighters, including 520 widebody conversions. Asian carriers are expected to account for over 40 percent of the widebody conversion demand over the next two decades. To date, the Boeing 767-300BCF has over 95 orders and commitments.
GAMECO was founded in 1989 at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and is a joint venture MRO between China Southern Airlines Co. Limited and Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa (China) Limited. The company offers line maintenance, base maintenance, component repair and overhaul, aircraft engineering and training and technical service of ground support equipment. Earlier this year, GAMECO announced plans to open a third 737-800BCF line and the company will open two Boeing 767-300BCF conversion lines in 2022
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