“Fuel prices clearly rocked the air cargo industry,” comments David M. McDonald, AEI vice president, Operations. “However, banking issues not withstanding, interest in conversions appears to be picking up. I expect 2009 to be a good year for our B737-300 and B737-400 conversions.”
The company received its FAA Supplemental Type Certifi cate (STC) to convert B737-400 passenger aircraft to full freighters in August 2007.
Unlike other companies involved in aircraft conversions, the AEI conversion is unique in that it allows more useable cargo volume and greater loading flexibility due to overall its higher position weights.
“Our B737-300 is the only design that has nine full 88-inch by 125-inch positions,” says McDonald. “Other designs only have eight, 88-inch by 125- inch positions plus an LD3 (60.4-inch by 61.5-inch) position.”
Due to AEI’s door placement and interior design on the B737-300, it’s the only conversions that can fit an AAA container in the Number One position.