Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has announced the company has signed a contract to provide Bulgaria-based CargoAir with two AEI B737-800SF Freighter Conversions. CargoAir originally signed agreements for two B737-800BCF conversions, however, the company recently cancelled those agreements and signed up with AEI – citing AEI’s responsiveness, slot flexibility, ease of doing business, and the intrinsic value the AEI B737-800SF provides as a better-priced option. This past year AEI added two additional authorised AEI Conversion Centres and currently has slots available starting in May 2021.
“CargoAir is a highly valued customer, which currently operates three AEI B737-300SF and seven AEI B737-400SF freighters. At present, we are converting a B737-400SF for CargoAir, which will be redelivered in January 2021,” stated Robert T. Convey, AEI senior vice president sales & marketing. “We are proud that CargoAir continues to recognise the extraordinary business value of all our freighter conversion products, including the B737-800SF, and we are delighted that our renowned accommodative business approach and responsive customer service has again been affirmed with this recent order.”
CargoAir’s recently acquired B737-800 aircraft (MSN 30664) is scheduled to commence modification in January 2021. All modification touch labor will be performed by the authorised AEI Conversion Center, Commercial Jet, in Dothan, Alabama.
CargoAir will benefit from AEI’s B737-800SF main deck payload of up to 52,700 lbs. (23,904 kg) and its eleven full height 88” x 125” 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” x 137” Main Cargo Door with a single vent door system, and a flexible Ancra Cargo Loading System. The AEI B737-800SF also includes a rigid 9g barrier, five supernumerary seats as standard, a galley and full lavatory.