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Freighter fabricator: Alenia's DC-10 conversions.

Conversion of widebody passenger jets into all-freighter configuration is going to become big business, according to senior executives of Officine Aeronavali, a subsidiary of Alenia, the Italian state aerospace company, with bases in Venice and Naples.

Company figures show 1,100 jet freighters in the worldwide fleet this year, 700 of them converted. Fifteen years ago, the ratios were reversed; of the 310 jet freighters in the inventory in 1980, 180 were new builds, 130 conversions.

The company is bullish about the future market for freighters, predicting that by the year 2010, expansion in the Far East will be more than 9%; on routes between the U.S. and Latin America, 8%; between the U.S. …

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