AEI wins four B737-400SF conversions from VALLAIR

All of the conversions will be modified by AEI's Commercial Jet facility in Alabama with the first one commencing in May 2016, followed by the remaining three in June, July and September of this year.


AEI Aeronautical Engineers B737-400SF VALLAIR


Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has signed a contract with European-based aviation asset management company, Vallair, to provide it with four 11 pallet position B737-400SF freighter conversions.  All of the conversions will be modified by Commercial Jet’s Dothan, Alabama facility with the first one commencing in May 2016, followed by the remaining three modifications in June, July and September of this year.

The AEI B737-400SF is the only passenger to freighter conversion product that offers operators ten full height 88” x 125” container positions. This unique capability is achievable due to AEI’s Main Deck Cargo Door location which is approximately 40” further back than the competition. The additional container position increases AEI’s volumetric carrying capability by 10 per cent which places the freighter in a class by itself, AEI said.

AEI’s B737-400SF will provide Vallair with a highly flexible Ancra CLS capable of carrying multiple ULD’s including:

  • (10) 88”x125” ULDs in P1 to P10 or
  • (10) 88”x108” in P1 to P10 and
  • (1) 53”x88”x64” Pallet or AEP/AEH or 60.4”x61.5” AKE/LD3 or 61.5”x88”x56”H AYY in P11

This unique flexibility has been designed by AEI to allow cargo operators to immediately adapt to multiple ULD configurations at a moment’s notice.

VALLAIR specialises in the acquisition of end-of-life A320, B737 and ATR aircraft and to date, the company has acquired more than 25 A320s, 20 B737s and 30 CFM56-3/-5 power plants. The company also provides solutions for aircraft and engine trading and leasing, spare parts sales and inventory management, cargo conversions and commercial aircraft disassembly and recycling.