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Aeronautical Engineers signs contract for three Boeing 737-400SF freighter conversions

Aeronautical Engineers

Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) today announced the company has signed a contract to provide Vx Capital Partners (Vx) with three additional Boeing 737-400SF 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.

All modification touch labour and maintenance requirements will be performed at Kelowna, Canada-based KF Aerospace, which is an authorized AEI Conversion Center. These conversions represent the 23rd, 24th and 25th AEI B737-400SF freighters for Vx.

The 737-400SF will be fitted with an Ancra Cargo Loading System capable of carrying multiple ULD’s including 10 88in x125in ULDs in P1 to P10 or eight 96in x 125in ULDs in P1 to P10 and one 53in x88in x64in pallet or AEP/AEH or 60.4in x 61.5in AKE/LD3 or 61.5in x 88in x56in H AYY in P11.

The company has also announced that the CAAC has issued a Validation STC (VSTC0933) for the passenger-to-freighter conversion of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The VSTC validates the original FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (ST02690LA) which was awarded to AEI at the beginning of 2019.

The AEI converted 737-800SF freighter offers a main deck payload of up to 52,700lb (23,904 kg) and incorporates eleven full height 88in x 125in container positions, plus an additional position for an AEP/AEH.

The conversion also incorporates new floor beams aft of the wing box, a large 86in x 137in Main Cargo Door with a single vent door system and a flexible Ancra Cargo Loading System. Additionally, the AEI 737-800SF includes a rigid 9g barrier, up to five supernumerary seats, a galley and full lavatory.

AEI is forecasting that roughly 750 737-800’s will be converted over the next 40 plus years with AEI capturing over 400 of those conversions. The company has already secured 111 firm orders and commitments for the aircraft.

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