Air Cargo Management

Aero Capital Solutions to expand freighter programme with six more 737-800 conversions

Aero Capital Solutions (ACS) will convert an additional six Boeing 737-800s to freighter. This brings ACS’ total conversions (including completed and committed) to 40 aircraft.

The six additional 737-800SF aircraft will be completed by HAECO Xiamen and Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company (STAECO) during 2024, in conjunction with an STC (supplemental type certificate) provided by Aeronautical Engineers (AEI).

“ACS is proud of its robust inventory of freighters and its commitment to growing the freighter conversion programme,” said ACS’ CEO and founder Jason Barany. “We are confident in the upward trajectory of the air cargo market, and we will continue to invest to meet the increasing needs of global cargo operators and express carriers.”

The AEI-converted 737-800SF freighter offers a main deck 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 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.

AEI said its design allows for containers to be loaded into the aircraft a full 16.5” aft of the forward door jamb, ensuring ground operators have sufficient manoeuvring room which minimises potential door and aircraft strikes. The AEI 737-800SF also includes a flexible Ancra cargo loading system, a rigid 9g barrier, five supernumerary seats as standard, a galley, and full lavatory.

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