AEI selects fourth conversion centre

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), has announced that it has selected Commercial Jet’s (CJ’s) new 400,000 square-foot facility at the Dothan Regional Airport (DHN) in Dale County, Alabama as its fourth AEI Authorized Conversion Center (AACC). Commercial Jet’s Alabama facility will provide B737-300SF,B737- 400SF and MD80SF Passenger to Freighter Conversions and Maintenance for AEI customers.

AEI selects fourth conversion centre

The Alabama facility joins a growing number of AEI Authorized Conversion Centers which include Commercial Jet’s Florida facility based in Miami Florida, Flightstar Aircraft Services, Inc. based in Jacksonville Florida and Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services based in Shanghai China.

“It was critical that we secure another Authorized Conversion Center to keep up with ever increasing market demand,” said Robert T. Convey, VP sales & marketing for AEI. “CJ’s facility in Alabama will benefit from CJ’s Miami conversion experience and be able to tap into a local work force that is traditionally strong in aircraft structures and MRO. After the completion of the twelve million dollar construction renovation, CJ’s Alabama facility, with its planned six conversion lines will become the largest passenger to freighter conversion facility in the world.”

John Schildroth, VP and GM for the Dothan facility, said Commercial Jet plans to hire several hundred trained and experienced aircraft technicians in the local market within the next few years. “We are already getting a flow of new orders for our new facility, which will be open for business in the 2nd quarter of this year,” he said.

Commercial Jet’s Alabama facility will initially open three production lines capable of converting 12 AEI 737SF and MD80SF aircraft annually with the first three B-400’s expected to enter into conversion in the 2nd quarter of 2013. Based on the plans for 2014, capacity would reach 24 AEI 737SF & MD80SF conversions per year.