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Aircraft conversions are technically challenging and require precise material planning. Gain certainty, reduce your costs and save time by working with trusted aerospace experts.

Covid-19 has strongly affected the aerospace industry. Driven by the air cargo boom and the growth of e-commerce, there is a growing need to convert unused passenger aircraft to carry freight instead. Based on the current market, analysts expect a growing demand for passenger to freighter conversion (P2F). This creates an opportunity for aircraft manufacturers, maintenance organisations, airlines and leasing companies.

Converting aircraft is a complex engineering task. It requires highly skilled technicians and a myriad of parts that have to be precisely timed to allow a smooth sequence of work and in time finalisation to bring the aircraft back into revenue service. Your technicians don’t want to focus on finding material, they want quality parts delivered on time. Partner with a logistics partner that can ensure reliable management of materials and the overall project.

What exactly happens to an aicraft on the way to its new career? Our video demonstrates the main modifications that ask for not only highly skilled technicians but also for a powerful supply chain and materials management to ensure this massive undertaking succeeds on schedule.


The new P2F aircraft conversion solution is the outcome of Kuehne+Nagel’s extensive aerospace expertise and close collaboration with suppliers and customers. This know-how enables us to engineer a holistic solution for your peace of mind. Our specialists provide visibility down to part and serial number – globally, all the way from origin until the on-site engineer receives it. We use a modular, integrated approach that significantly reduces the overall costs while eliminating complexity. You’ll work with a dedicated programme manager to handle the material flow end-to-end in line with layover schedules and manufacture serial number (MSN) sequence. We are your trusted partner who can give a second life to your aircraft.

You’ll benefit from an end-to-end material management solution:

  • Fully digitised material flow including visibility down to part number and serial number
  • Access to real-time material status, location and logistical spend 24/7
  • Comprehensive customs management targeted to optimise costs
  • Warehousing services including production line kitting, handling of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)/consignment stocks
  • All materials handled in line with EN/AS 9100 certification to ensure compliance to Part 145 and Part 21 requirements

Kuehne+Nagel now offers a reliable end-to-end solution to manage conversions of retired passenger aircraft into a long-lasting freighter, so our customers can scale up their operations, reduce costs and boost cargo capacity.

Simone Funk, Aerospace Competence Manager Global Air Logistics