GLOBAL player in the aircraft passenger-to-freighter conversion business, Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) has signed an agreement to provide up to 30 twelve-pallet position Boeing 737-800SF conversions with an undisclosed customer, reports London's Air Cargo News.
The agreement includes 15 firm orders with an additional 15 options. The modifications for the customer will begin in late 2018 with deliveries beginning in 2019.
The deal follows a recent spate of orders for freighter conversions as companies look to capitalise on the growing express market.
Speculation on who the mystery customer could be is likely to continue in earnest. Chinese airlines SF Express, YTO Express and China Postal have all been busy placing orders of late, although most of these deals have been made public.
The latest deal brings to a total of 80 firm orders and commitments for its 12-pallet position B737-800S AEI has received so far this year. The AEI B737-800SF converted freighter is able to accommodate 11 full-height containers or pallets and one AEP/AEH container for a total of 12 positions.
Depending upon the aircraft model and aircraft weight limits, the AEI B737-800SF will be able to carry a payload of up to 23,587 kilogrammes.
Source : HKSG.