AEI selects Canada's KF Aerospace as its authorised conversion centre

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A rise in demand for passenger to freighter aircraft conversions has seen Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) select Canada’s KF Aerospace as its fourth authorised conversion centre.

US-based conversion specialist AEI, said, “The current success of AEI’s passenger-to-freighter conversion products, which include the Boeing 737-400SF, MD-80SF, CRJ200 SF and soon the B737-800SF, require that additional conversion capacity be added to handle the market demand.”

AEI currently has three active authorised conversion centres worldwide, which include Florida-based Commercial Jet, Commercial Jet Services in Dothan, Alabama and Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co in Shanghai.

These centres offer a total of 11 to 13 conversion lines for AEI at any one time.

In mid-February 2017, AEI signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to provide a minimum of eight CRJ200 freighter conversions for Canadian aviation group Avmax, following an early January order for two CRJ200 SF freighter conversions from Aeronaves TSM.

December 2016 saw AEI bag a third MD-80 series passenger-to-freighter conversion for Alaska based Everts Air Cargo.

AEI added that KF Aerospace, with a “consistent reputation for delivering high quality aircraft maintenance and modification services”, will initially set up one line of passenger-to-freighter conversions for AEI beginning in April of this year. The first aircraft will be a B737-400 freighter conversion.