AEI to modify B737-800SFs for GA Telesis

By Rachelle Harry

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has entered an agreement with GA Telesis that will involve it modifying and delivering up to two Boeing 737-800SF aircraft.

“The order includes one firm aircraft with an option for a second aircraft,” AEI said.

Work on the first aircraft (MSN 32903) will be carried out by Commercial Jet in Florida and will commence next month. AEI said that the conversion of the second aircraft, if it goes ahead, will start early next year.

When converted by AEI, the B737-800SF freighter will offer a main deck payload of up to 24 tonnes. It will incorporate eleven 88″ x 125″ container positions, as well as an additional position for an AEP/AEH container.

The converted freighter will also feature new floor beams aft of the wing box, a large 86” x 137” main cargo door with a single vent door system and a flexible Ancra cargo loading system. Additionally, the AEI B737-800SF will include a rigid 9g barrier, up to five supernumerary seats, a galley and a lavatory.

“When combined with proven reliability, the AEI converted B737-800SF will allow GA Telesis to keep their aircraft in the air, generating revenue,” AEI said.

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