Allied Air signs up to convert four passenger B-737 jets to freighters
AFRICAN freighter operator Allied Air has agreed to purchase four Boeing 737-800 passenger jet-to-freighter conversions to be carried out by Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI)
AFRICAN freighter operator Allied Air has agreed to purchase four Boeing 737-800 passenger jet-to-freighter conversions to be carried out by Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI). The agreement calls for two firm orders with an extra two options.
The first aircraft will begin modification work in mid-March, and all touch labour will be performed by AEI Partner Commercial Jet in Miami, Florida.
Currently, the Nigerian carrier operates a total of three AEI B737-400SF freighters and flies for the DHL network within Africa as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria, reported London's Air Cargo News.
The B737-800 aircraft represents the first African airline owned B737-800SF freighter, and will also be the youngest 737-800 converted to date.
The AEI converted B737-800SF freighter offers a maindeck payload of up to 23,904 kg and incorporates eleven full height 88' x 125' containers. The conversion also incorporates new floor beams aft of the wing box, and a large main cargo door with Ancra cargo loading system.