AEI signs letter of intent for eight CRJ200 freighter conversions

17 / 02 / 2017

US-based Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to provide a minimum of eight CRJ200 freighter conversions for Canadian aviation group Avmax, which currently owns 65 CRJ200 aircraft.

The AEI CRJ200 SF will be able to carry eight containers. Avmax intends to make the CRJ200 SF freighters available for sale and/or wet/dry leasing options to operators around the world.

The LoI calls for the freighter conversions to commence in late 2017, with the modification for the conversions at Dothan, Alabama facility of aircraft engineering company Commercial Jet.

Robert Convey, AEI senior vice president of sales and marketing, said: “Avmax truly understands the CRJ200 and we are delighted they acknowledge the value in the AEI CRJ200 SF.

“The synergy of these two companies will definitely be a benefit to all current and future CRJ200 SF operators.”

As one of the world’s largest lessors of CRJ series aircraft, Avmax provides aircraft operators with services ranging from aircraft leasing and operations to component repairs and spares requirements.

Rick Pollock, Avmax business development manager for the Americas, said: “This agreement with AEI provides us with a valuable option for maintaining the residual value of our fleet of CRJ200 series aircraft and further helps us expand our product offering by re-purposing the CRJ200.”

In January this year, Aeronaves TSM signed up for two CRJ200 SF freighter conversions from AEI, with the first CRJ200  set to commence modification in the second quarter of 2017.