Bumper year for freighter conversion firm AEI but slowdown ahead

AEI B737-800SF

Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) saw its conversion deliveries rapidly increase last year but the firm is expecting a slowdown in the coming years.

The company delivered a total of 41 converted aircraft last year, up 51.8% on the 27 aircraft it delivered in 2021 and far above the 11 delivered in 2020.

The B737-800SF accounted for the majority of deliveries, representing a total of 31.

Source: AEI

The remainder of the freighters delivered were a mix of B737-400SF, CRJ-200 SF and MD-80SF series aircraft.

Based on current order backlogs, AEI estimates the company will deliver approximately 44 freighters in 2023, with the B737-800SF again accounting for most deliveries (32).

The company estimates it will deliver four B737-400SFs, four CRJ-200 SFs and four MD-80SF series freighters in 2023.

However, the company is expecting demand to slow down from 2024.

“We are very pleased with the strong number of orders for our B737-800SF freighter conversion,” said Robert Convey, AEI senior vice president of sales and marketing.

“Given the current uncertainty in the economic environment, we do however expect the annual pace of freighter deliveries to settle a bit after 2023.”

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]