AEI to provide four B737-800SF freighter conversions to Aero Capital Solutions
Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) has been awarded a contract to provide Aero Capital Solutions (ACS) with four B737-800SF freighter conversions. ACS is an Austin, Texas-based leading mid-life aircraft lessor. These AEI conversions represent the first freighters to be offered by ACS to the global air cargo market.
All the freighter conversions are to be modified by the authorised AEI Conversion Center, STAECO, located in Shandong, P.R. China. The first aircraft has already commenced modification and will be redelivered in January 2021. The remaining three freighter conversions are scheduled to be completed and delivered in Q1/Q2 2021.
The AEI converted B737-800SF freighter offers a main deck payload of up to 52,700 lbs. (23,904 kilos) and incorporates eleven full height 88 inches x 125 inches container positions, plus an additional position for an AEP/AEH. The conversion also incorporates new floor beams aft of the wing box, a large 86 inches x 137 inches main cargo door with a single vent door system, and a flexible Ancra Cargo Loading System. Additionally, the AEI B737-800SF includes a rigid 9g barrier, five supernumerary seats, a galley and full lavatory. When combined with proven reliability, the AEI converted B737-800SF will allow ACS to keep their aircraft in the air, generating revenue.