January 15, 2020: Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) has announced that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued a validation supplemental type certificate (VSTC) for the passenger-to-freighter conversion for B737-800 aircraft.
The VSTC validates the original FAA supplemental type certificate which was awarded to AEI at the beginning of 2019. The AEI converted B737-800SF offers the main deck the payload of up to 52,700 lbs (23,904 kg) and incorporates eleven full-height 88” x 125” container positions, plus an additional position for an aerodrome entry permit /airborne electronic hardware (AEP/AEH).
The conversion also incorporates new floor beams aft of the wing box, a large 86” x 137” 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, up to five supernumerary seats, a galley and full lavatory.
AEI is forecasting that roughly 750 B737-800’s will be converted over the next 40 plus years with AEI capturing over 400 of those conversions. The company has already secured 111 firm orders and commitments for the B737-800SF.