Cebu Pacific took delivery of its first dedicated cargo aircraft, an ATR 72-500F. The aircraft was a passenger version ATR 72-500 also used by Cebu Pacific before being converted into a cargo aircraft. This is the first of two dedicated cargo ATRs. The two ATR 72s were converted into cargo aircraft by IPR Conversions. Cebu Pacific's subsidiary CebGo will be operating the aircraft.
Switzerland-based IPR is a major provider of ATR freighter conversions. Modifying Cebu Pacific's ATR involves installing a large cargo door for pallets and containers to be loaded in.
It will have space for seven AKE unit load device containers and may carry more than seven tonnes of cargo. Both Cebu Pacific ATRs are converted at Sabena Technics’ Dinard, France facility, a provider of MRO services in France for both military and civilian aircraft.
The second ATR 72-500F is expected to be delivered to Cebu Pacific within the year.