Miami, Florida-based ircraft conversion specialist Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) delivered 27 freighter conversions to leasing and operator customers world-wide in 2017. AEI delivered twenty-one B737-400SF freighters, followed by four MD-83SF freighters, one MD-82SF freighter and one CRJ200 SF freighter. Preceding this news, AEI also announced that the company delivered its 100th overall B737-400SF freighter, which was a significant achievement in the company’s history. It was delivered to ASL in Ireland.
“2017 turned out to be another stellar year for AEI freighter conversion deliveries,” says AEI Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Robert Convey. “We expect 2018 deliveries to be comparable to 2017 with 12 aircraft currently undergoing conversion and an existing total backlog of 23 aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2018. Over the next several weeks we will be announcing additional firm orders for conversions scheduled to begin modification in 2018.”
The B737-400SF will again represent the majority of freighter conversions scheduled for 2018; however, more deliveries for the CRJ200 SF will be represented as the company currently has seven aircraft scheduled for completion this year. Additionally, AEI will certify the new B737-800SF freighter conversion in 2018, of which the company already has over 100 firm orders and commitments for the freighter.