Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) will be a launch lessor for Embraer’s E-Jet Passenger to Freight (P2F) conversion programme.
NAC and Embraer have reached an agreement in principle to take up to 10 conversion slots for E190F/E195Fs, with first deliveries starting in 2024.
Aircraft for conversion will come from NAC’s existing E190/E195 fleet.
“We look forward to working with Embraer on developing an operator base for the E-Jet Freighter as cargo conversions are a key element of our full life cycle portfolio strategy for the future,” said NAC president and CEO Norman C.T. Liu.
Embraer Commercial Aviation’s president and CEO Arjan Meijer commented: “It’s great to be doing business with NAC, who have always been a strong supporter of Embraer and regional aviation. Having launched the E190F and E195F very recently, [the] announcement with NAC is a strong indicator of the demand we are seeing for our E-Jet freight conversions.”
Embraer Services & Support’s president and CEO Johann Bordais said: “There is unprecedented demand for air freight, especially for same day deliveries and decentralised operations; the perfect mission for E-Jet sized freighters. Embraer’s P2F solution provides NAC with ideal revenue-earning extension opportunities for our earlier E-Jet models, now set to replace the more polluting narrowbody cargo aircraft heading into retirement.”
The conversion to freighter will be performed at Embraer’s facilities in Brazil and includes main deck front cargo door; cargo handling system; floor reinforcement; rigid cargo barrier (RCB) – 9G barrier with access door; cargo smoke detection system, including class ‘E’ extinguishers in upper cargo compartment; air management system changes (cooling, pressurisation, etc.); interior removal and provisions for hazardous material transportation.
The E190F can handle a payload of 23,600lb (10,700kg), with the E195F a payload of 27,100 lb (12,300 kg).