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West Air Sweden believes in the freight hauling potential of converted regional passenger airliners. The Gothenburg-based all-cargo carrier operates 18 ATPs twin-engine turboprop on behalf of integrators, various Scandinavian postal authorities and logistics providers.
The long-term plans call for 28 ATPs, some with large cargo doors for containerized cargo.
The regional carrier made its decision back in 1998, when a study showed the ATP had the lowest costs. The carrier signed a long-term joint venture with BAE Systems Regional Aircraft to modify and lease the aircraft, which are no longer being built.
Gustaf Thureborn, West Air''s president and …