In January, Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) secured two contracts for its passenger-to-freighter conversion business. The company signed a contract with New Zealand-based Airwork to provide an additional B737-400SF freighter conversion.
The aircraft (MSN 28702) represents the 12th AEI B737-400SF freighter conversion for Airwork. All modification touch labour and maintenance will be performed by Commercial Jet’s facility in Miami, Florida, and will commence in early February.
Commercial Jet is the sole authorised AEI conversion centre to provide modification touch labour for all prior Airwork B737-400SF conversions. AEI’s B737-400SF shall provide Airwork with the flexibility to carrying multiple ULD’s.
Airwork is a specialist provider of services to the worldwide aviation industry, and currently operates a fleet of 12 B737 freighter aircraft in its New Zealand/Australia freight operations, including both the 737 300F and the 737 400F models. Airwork is also a freighter aircraft lessor with 17 aircraft currently on lease to other airlines plus seven more in its active conversion programmes.
Also, in January, AEI announced signing a contract to provide Vx Capital Partners (Vx) with three additional B737- 400SF freighter conversions. The first aircraft (MSN 27914) will commence modification in March 2020; the second aircraft (MSN 28752) will commence modification in May 2020; and the third aircraft (MSN 28753) will commence modification in August 2020.
President of Vx Capital Partners, Will Hudson, commented: “Vx is proud to be the industry’s leading provider of 737 Classic cargo aircraft. Given the robust demand for our portfolio of 42 737 Classic freighters, Vx is well-positioned to serve our global customer base.
“We appreciate the ongoing support of AEI as we complete our 737-400 conversion programme and turn our attention to the 737 Next Gen market.”
All modification touch labour and maintenance requirements will be performed at Kelowna, Canada-based KF Aerospace which is an authorised AEI Conversion Centre.