AEI carries out first B737-800SF conversion for Allied Air

By Rachelle Harry

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has delivered its first B737-800SF freighter conversion to Nigeria-based carrier Allied Air — making the carrier the first in Africa to own and operate a B737-800SF on the continent.

The conversion follows AEI entering into an agreement with Allied Air in March this year, which will see it convert two B737-800SF aircraft with an option for two additional conversions.

AEI said the freighter (MSN 36846) was the youngest Boeing 737-800 in the world to have been converted, having been first delivered in 2007.

Modification on the aircraft was carried out by Commercial Jet in Florida, US, which is an authorised AEI Conversion Center. Commercial Jet’s Dothan Alabama facility painted the aircraft.

AEI converted B737-800SF freighters offer a maindeck payload of up to 23,904kg. They incorporate eleven full height 88in x 125in container positions, plus an additional position for an AEP/AEH.

The conversion also incorporates new floor beams aft of the wing box, a large 86in x 137in main cargo door with a single vent door system, and a flexible ancra cargo loading system.

Additionally, converted AEI B737-800SF aircraft include a rigid 9g barrier, five supernumerary seats, a galley and a full lavatory.

Allied Air has recently used its existing fleet of freighter aircraft to assist the Nigerian government, free of charge, in distributing  medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. Supplies transported include masks, PPE, and ventilators. 

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