CargoAir’s converted freighter takes to the air

CargoAir has commenced operations with its first B737-800SF freighter, which was recently converted by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI).

The aircraft, which is registered in Bulgaria, will support a large European integrator on an upgraded existing route out of Cologne, Germany.

With the new addition, CargoAir has also introduced a new aircraft livery.

The converted B737-800SF offers a main deck payload of up to 52,700lbs (23,904kg) and incorporates 11 full height 88in x 125in container positions, plus an additional position for an AEP/AEH. The conversion also includes an 86in x 137in main cargo door.

The design allows for containers to be loaded into the aircraft 16.5in aft of the forward door jamb, ensuring ground operators have sufficient manoeuvring room and minimise potential for door and aircraft strikes. It also includes a flexible Ancra cargo loading system, five supernumerary seats, a galley and full lavatory.

CargoAir, founded in 1997, currently operates three B737-300 and eight B737-400 freighters, in addition to the new B737-800SF, and it plans to add further freighters to its fleet.

The carrier runs long-term operations for express and mail carriers, as well as ad hoc cargo charter flights worldwide.

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