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Why Converting Passenger Planes To Cargo Jets Costs Millions

  • Published on Oct 1, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • With the demand for converting retired passenger planes into cargo haulers surging, this lucrative trend allows these older jets to serve a new mission, transporting goods ranging from produce to pharmaceuticals worldwide. Despite the high cost of over $30 million per plane, the business of converting planes remains in high demand, with conversion slots sold out for several years.
    00:00 - Introduction
    01:45 - Increase in demand
    04:09 - How it works
    05:47 - Cargo outlook
    Produced by: Leslie Josephs
    Edited by: Liam Mays
    Additional Camera: Tim Fadek
    Supervising Producer: Jeniece Pettitt
    Senior Producer - Post Production: Erin Black
    Additional Footage: Amazon, Jim Wilson Photography, Getty Images, Boeing
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    Why Converting Passenger Planes To Cargo Jets Costs Millions

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  • Chetan Rao
    Chetan Rao 3 months ago +315

    Summary: It costs millions because it's an elaborate job that takes several months involving stripping down the internals, reinforcing the floors, and getting the aircraft recertified.

    • MegaArvind111
      MegaArvind111 3 months ago +37

      Yeah... Poorly edited and unnecessarily stretched video...8 min felt like more than an hour

    • XxXNinjaFan7638XxX
      XxXNinjaFan7638XxX 3 months ago +4

      Godspeed my friend

    • zyzz
      zyzz 3 months ago +6

      ​@MegaArvind111 got to do it for the ad revenue

    • FlSal27
      FlSal27 3 months ago +8

      Looks like the person that wrote that narrative was paid by the number of words. And maybe the length of the video, unnecessary too long.

    • Mirza Ahmed
      Mirza Ahmed 3 months ago

      ​@zyzz there's no ad revenue if people don't watch. I am increasingly finding myself clicking away from videos with catchy titles because they fail to deliver within the first minute.

  • Lee Roberts
    Lee Roberts 3 months ago +8

    Here in the UK I believe that some smaller planes (don't think any that would be used on transatlantic routes) get used as both passenger and cargo planes. During the night all the seats get removed for the use of mail transportation (don't know if any get used for other types of cargo). The seats get replaced in the morning when it gets used for passengers during the day

    • Jonathan J
      Jonathan J 3 months ago

      Convertable planes exist up to some based quite large jets.
      But they generally have to be built new and certified that way, and because they're fitted out for both jobs, they're never quite as efficient in either category as a dedicated passenger or cargo version would be.

  • Noel Down
    Noel Down 3 months ago +58

    Let's make a video about converting passenger planes to cargo planes! - Great idea! Show as many CEOs and VPs as you can, and as little of the actual work done on the plane as you can. This video will be a hit!

  • Kristen Sorensen
    Kristen Sorensen 3 months ago +1

    #2.5k👍👏It just makes sense that rehabilitating a still usable aircraft versus the larger cost of buying a new dedicated freighter. Glad to see Boeing is doing it too!! This is recycling on a great scale! This is something that could be done with military transports instead of parking them in the bone yard!!

  • Thought Thinker
    Thought Thinker 3 months ago +16

    Interesting, but I'd like to have seen more about the individual things that need to be done.
    I used to build 747's, and others, including experimental aircraft.
    This seemed more as an advertisement to find people thinking of wanting a conversation or thinking of getting into do conversations.
    Sadly it wasn't all that good for that either.
    But it was interesting.

    • Pranab Gill
      Pranab Gill 3 months ago +1

      Exactly the script looked more like a school project written by a teenager .

    • John Lister
      John Lister 3 months ago

      90% of the video was about numbers why passenger jets are being converted with almost nothing being devoted to the engineering and the details of why it takes months.
      F-. Can do better.

  • james turner
    james turner 3 months ago +86

    Once I heard they had to sweep out the plane of pistachio shells. I stopped asking why it cost 30 million.

    • Land Shass
      Land Shass 3 months ago +8

      Because it is organic pistachio😊

    • JkardeZ
      JkardeZ 3 months ago

      Don't underestimate groundnut shells too.

  • Joe
    Joe 3 months ago +1

    I think it would be a great cost saving move for cargo companies like FedEx and UPS to utilize this refurbished airplanes since then the companies don’t have to buy as many new airplanes for their cargo operations….I bet a new cargo airplane would cost almost double of what a refurbished airplane cost

    • T B
      T B 3 months ago

      They do operate pax converted airplanes.

  • Trust me, I don't work with the CIA

    The reason why they rather convert one is because its easier and cheaper to convert a passenger plane to a cargo one than to order a new one from the manufacturer that will take years to build from then initial order. But if you have a surplus of perfectly good planes with spare parts, you will save millions

  • Rocky Mountain Drone
    Rocky Mountain Drone 3 months ago +44

    With current airline accommodations (or lack thereof) it feels like the customers are treated like cargo these days

    • Demopans
      Demopans 3 months ago +5

      I present the standing passenger seat

    • Louis Fo
      Louis Fo 3 months ago +2

      Just load human into a light weight container in a supine position and you can stack them horizontally all the way to the ceiling. You can put them to coma and can fly depressurized. More profit!!

    • Cerise M
      Cerise M 3 months ago +1

      More like a pack of sardines than cargo....

    • Arthur Wong
      Arthur Wong 3 months ago +1

      I've heard a lot of horror stories about the service/incidents, mostly from US based airlines, where flying is treated more like a ride on the bus.

    • Union money
      Union money 3 months ago +2

      Airlines are the only industry we spend thousands of dollars with for an experience that’s just barely tolerable.

  • farid jafari
    farid jafari 3 months ago +11

    It is better to design and build the passenger planes so that they can be more easily converted into cargo planes in the end of their work life as passenger planes which will make converting them into cargo planes easier, faster and cheaper.

    • Yeng Sabio
      Yeng Sabio 3 months ago +1


    • emma kai
      emma kai 3 months ago +8

      No...optimizing for passengers vs cargo are very different things. Try designing a mini-van for a soccer mom, and ask her she needs to pay more because of the added engineering need to plan to have it converted to a moving van 10-20 yrs later after initial purchase.

    • Rachel S
      Rachel S 3 months ago +7

      You couldn’t be more wrong. All that extra weight of reinforcing the structure, and the cargo door adds a whole lot of extra weight to carry around for a possible ‘future’ refit. That extra weight reduces the payload you can carry and it is payload that pays the bills. Even if the plane isn’t near max takeoff weight, the more the plane weighs, the harder the engines have to work and the more fuel you need to burn to do it. Profit margins are minuscule in this game.

    • farid jafari
      farid jafari 3 months ago +1

      @emma kai You got my point very wrong my friend, I did not mean converting the plane from the very first, I meant making it more easy to convert when the work life of the plane as a passenger plane ends which of course should still be optimized as a passenger plane when it starts its work as a passenger carrier. The main converting is when it ends its passenger carrier life and starts as a cargo plane.

    • farid jafari
      farid jafari 3 months ago

      @Rachel S You got my point very wrong my friend, I did not mean converting the plane from the very first, I meant making it more easy to convert when the work life of the plane as a passenger plane ends which of course should still be optimized as a passenger plane when it starts its work as a passenger carrier. The main converting is when it ends its passenger carrier life and starts as a cargo plane.

  • Dan O 530.8
    Dan O 530.8 3 months ago +5

    What a damn good idea we need more jets for transporting cargo

  • Eng Choon TAN
    Eng Choon TAN 3 months ago +2

    IF 4 diesel-piston engine-casings(maybe 12 engines as shaft mounting-locking) with 8 propellers, planes with regional air-worthiness recognition are less than that price... but not for the west... is a possibility

    • Eng Choon TAN
      Eng Choon TAN 3 months ago

      Pilots paid bus-driver plus one with toilet and kitchenette-galley. Cargo urgency-range schedule 24x-hours

    • Eng Choon TAN
      Eng Choon TAN 3 months ago

      300kmh or 300mph pricing.?
      Sea-knots and Air-knots specifications are more expensive.

  • John BEE
    John BEE 3 months ago +1

    No end in sight for the demand. Consumers keep consuming and want delivery asap

  • Delta 836
    Delta 836 3 months ago

    That’s the thing N710DN wasn’t old it was only a little over 7yr old! Delta was just in a rush to get a slimmed up fleet!

  • Leech Jim
    Leech Jim 3 months ago +11

    777's are not that old. How could they be retired already?!

    • 777-300er
      777-300er 3 months ago +4

      that particular unit is 15 y/o. former cathay pacific B-KPB and nordwind VP-BJP. a/c seized by lessor when the ukraine war began

    • supersteve
      supersteve 3 months ago +11

      The 777 is a 30 year old program

    • noob168
      noob168 3 months ago +2

      Newer widebody aircraft have better passenger comfort and are more fuel efficient. Neither of those matter for cargo. Cargo makes good money so fuel efficiency isn't that big of a factor.

    • Land Shass
      Land Shass 3 months ago +2

      I flew Emirates airlines in 1999 from Dubai to Singapore and it was Boeing 777.

    • David Shepherd
      David Shepherd 3 months ago +1

      The very first 777s went into service in 1995. Yes they are (well the early ones anyway) that old.

  • thunderb00m
    thunderb00m 3 months ago +72

    technicians labor: 100k
    management fee: 29.9 mil

    • Teamgeist
      Teamgeist 3 months ago

      You've got inside knowledge?

  • Rapid Thrash
    Rapid Thrash 3 months ago

    It would be great for the air cargo companies to use more converted aircraft except IF THEY ARE ABLE TO HIRE ENOUGH PILOTS DESPITE THE SHORTAGE

  • Aurobindo Ghosh
    Aurobindo Ghosh 3 months ago +9

    why not if transpoting cargo generates revenue in billions?

    SHUBHRANIL KUNDU 3 months ago +2

    Infosys plays a crucial role in these conversions. My brother is at Infosys Texas and works on the same project.

  • Joe Chung
    Joe Chung 3 months ago +22

    I'm surprised they decided to do it in Dallas instead of flying these aircrafts overseas and get it done there for cheap labor

    • skylineXpert
      skylineXpert 3 months ago +2

      Bedek In Israel has done a lot of conversions. Watching them converting a disused 747-400 was interesting...

    • Tyrone b
      Tyrone b 3 months ago +2

      I am guessing if they wanted to ship more jobs over seas for cheaper labor it be done so already but they are trying to keep jobs here as much as possible or it by chance cost more to fly planes back and forth anytime. so im guessing there is alot of details they gotta consider before they send jobs over seas anytime. some or many jobs are overseas for any reason but we are trying to keep jobs here to keep us busy till we cant work no more for any reason.

    • Francis Handscomb
      Francis Handscomb 3 months ago +3

      It’s mostly likely skill

    • Demopans
      Demopans 3 months ago +1

      Probably fuel costs

    • Jackson Boyer
      Jackson Boyer 3 months ago +2

      They do these conversions all over the globe

  • Tech Polpo
    Tech Polpo 3 months ago +10

    Some questions are unanswered, what happens to the windows?

  • Athaporn MCorp Review
    Athaporn MCorp Review 3 months ago +6

    During Covid, cargo made a lotta sense but rt now I’ll bet passengers give more bang for the buck. Plane tickets r so expensive 😅

  • Kenney Bis
    Kenney Bis 3 months ago +1

    The high cost is because large companies and government agencies love to waste money

  • theonehaiti
    theonehaiti 3 months ago

    This video was very representative. The first few minutes were essential the meat of the video.

  • Roberto Alvarez
    Roberto Alvarez 3 months ago

    Awesome video as usual

  • MRI Mirnz
    MRI Mirnz 3 months ago

    Or they are preparing for something crazy and are creating more room for people to get in .. in case of emergency 😅

  • Cory Drybrough
    Cory Drybrough 3 months ago +13

    I’d love to work on these all day. Big aircraft are awesome

  • Kevin Smith
    Kevin Smith 3 months ago +2

    I really don't understand why they use passenger planes for cargo. The wing placement is designed for passenger comfort. For a cargo craft, wings on top of the craft would be more economical, they could operate at more airports, and it would be easier to load.

    • Ron
      Ron 3 months ago +2

      Simple cost, a converted passenger plane cost around 40-60million, a new freighter will be closer to 250_300million.
      Its just far more economical to do conversions than to buy new

    • T. N.
      T. N. 3 months ago

      @Kevin Smith First Class seating, of course.

    • Jackson Boyer
      Jackson Boyer 3 months ago +1

      Because purchasing a brand new aircraft will cost hundreds of millions of dollars on top of the already year long waiting list to get new orders in Boeing and Airbus books, while converting a passenger air raft in order to carry freight will cost a fraction of the price of a new plane and will only be out if service for a comparatively short time.

    • Kyle Campbell
      Kyle Campbell 3 months ago +1

      Over the wing design is only good for oversize cargo. But that comes at the cost of maintenance is way harder to take care of. Plus you would have basically have to have a miltary aircraft which are never designed for economics and FAA certification.

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    Theeraphat Sunthornwit 3 months ago +48

    Consultant fee 29 million😂

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      French onion 3 months ago +10

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      He who has no identity 3 months ago +2

      I'll only charge 31 million in consultation fees, but I will hire you for $225,000 to consult for me in my consultation for you.

    • Stephen
      Stephen 3 months ago +1

      A lot of times a "consultant" is just a contracted worker from an agency. They can easily pick them up and kick them off as demand rises or falls. They save a lot of money and issues.

    • Glynn Morgan
      Glynn Morgan 3 months ago

      No consultants required. Its a crank the handle conversion which just takes time.

  • kyle
    kyle 2 months ago

    Excuse my ignorance, but why doesn't the cargo companies just purchase the cargo aircraft that the u.s. military uses. The ramp and back doors seem so much better than having to lift your cargo by forklift.

  • Yann Chan
    Yann Chan 3 months ago +8

    Thank you for enlightening us with this knowledge!

  • E S
    E S 3 months ago +4

    Oh, Amazon meeds to deliver junk to American public. Wonderful.

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  • Joni Se
    Joni Se 3 months ago

    What about the stress in the fuselage

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    Steven Wendell Nelson 3 months ago +1

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  • Hell-O
    Hell-O 3 months ago

    maybe because the cost of a new plane is probably 5-10 times as much...

  • Richard Que
    Richard Que 3 months ago

    But isnt these passenger plane after decade of flight also begin to suffer from metal fatique?

  • Miss Take Not
    Miss Take Not 3 months ago

    So - remove seats, reinforce floor, make a big door. This could have been a "short". And should have been.

  • A C
    A C 3 months ago

    Solution: foldable seatss

  • LJ Morris
    LJ Morris 3 months ago +1

    This is part of the reason nobody is listening to the "5-day work week" dinosaurs, people already got use to hybrid work and companies already invested into remote working, these planes being converted into cargo haulers reflect this..

  • A K
    A K 3 months ago

    Do they refurbish turbines/electronics

  • Rixx Roxxk
    Rixx Roxxk 3 months ago

    And those old worn out seats have been purchased and reused by United Airlines

  • gphillimo
    gphillimo 3 months ago

    Some rich people turn these into private planes

  • Cyber Sushi
    Cyber Sushi 3 months ago

    Don't show CEOs if they're only going to spout fluff. If the C suite isn't going to say anything of substance, show us more of the nitty gritty job

  • Evin Chester
    Evin Chester 3 months ago

    Knew a guy while stationed in Germany who had his wife's two horses flown to the states.
    It cost him around $10,000.00. And this was in the early 90's.

  • Neal McFee
    Neal McFee 3 months ago

    Don't care about the why, just get to the how.

  • Colin
    Colin 3 months ago +1

    Slava Ukraini! Support Ukraine!

  • jtjr26
    jtjr26 3 months ago +3

    This is a smart repurposing of existing products.

  • milce arry
    milce arry 3 months ago

    Good place to invest in, wars requires fast supply access

  • proton
    proton 3 months ago +1

    Dreamliner is Nightmareliner

  • Diego
    Diego 3 months ago

    who wrote up this report? i feel like they repeated the same point 3 times, like wut...

  • Erick Moenga
    Erick Moenga 3 months ago

    It only cost millions in America 😂😂😂

  • JkardeZ
    JkardeZ 3 months ago +2

    Somewhere in the world they're still flying DC-3s and B707 aircrafts . Wonder what they're using for fuel ?

    • Cherif Aidara
      Cherif Aidara 3 months ago

      Cooking oil

    • rgbaal
      rgbaal 3 months ago +1

      DC-3 run an Avgas-ll-100 still plenty around for GA aircraft. Getting expensive though so many DC-3 are being converted to Turboprops which run on JetA1. B707 are gone but if they were not then they would run on JetA as well.

    • Kyle Campbell
      Kyle Campbell 3 months ago +1

      Florida air cargo still use two DC3s

  • Anthony Tolhurst
    Anthony Tolhurst 3 months ago +1

    And increasing the end price of your purchases.

  • Sailus54
    Sailus54 3 months ago

    All fun and games till the outdated design and engine shake your house in bed while your sleeping at 4:30am

  • E S
    E S 3 months ago +1

    Oh really? So people flying is bad for the environment that's why we'll fly groceries???

    • kahsjd kahddf
      kahsjd kahddf 3 months ago

      Groceries aren't really viable and expensive enough to fly them)

  • Coisas Bostas
    Coisas Bostas 3 months ago

    3:34 Tate hand symbol

  • Reaperofwind
    Reaperofwind 3 months ago +2

    Cheaper than a new plane.

  • Stavros Lask
    Stavros Lask 3 months ago +1

    Such misleading information! It does NOT cost 30 Million to convert passenger to Cargo! It’s more like $25-30 million buying and converting. Not 30 million to just convert but of course idiots write these segments

  • Christopher Stehn
    Christopher Stehn 3 months ago

    not since 9/11

  • Jamies World
    Jamies World 3 months ago

    Costs nothingvas all u do is get people to dismantled the interior aircraft

  • Fishing Bob
    Fishing Bob 3 months ago

    This is also why they are more likely to crash. My cousin died in an Amazon plane that was converted.

    • Kyle Campbell
      Kyle Campbell 3 months ago +1

      Hope your not taking about the one that crashed in Texas. That was 100 percent pilot error with a pilot that should of never been flying in the first place. He had lied about his hours and previous employment

  • Blingchachink
    Blingchachink 3 months ago +1

    O rly?

  • Jarrod Yuki
    Jarrod Yuki 3 months ago

    oh well.

  • postedbyneal
    postedbyneal 3 months ago +1

    Such a repetitive opening 4+ minutes. Suggest starting at 4:40

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  • Chintala lokesh
    Chintala lokesh 3 months ago

    Every Dollar is worth it.

  • Aria Valencia
    Aria Valencia 3 months ago +3

    Once I heard they had to sweep out the plane of pistachio shells, I stopped questioning why it cost 30 million. 🥜💰

  • Intel Bro
    Intel Bro 3 months ago +1

    Boeing is a joke of a company now