Serve Air looks to expand 737-800 freighter fleet

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Democratic Republic of Congo-based Serve Air has ordered its first AEI Boeing 737-800SF freighter conversion as it looks to modernise its fleet.

The airline expects to increase its fleet of AEI B737-800SF freighters to a total of six aircraft in the coming years and is the first operator of the B737-800SF in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The conversion is being carried out by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) authorised conversion centre Commercial Jet in Alabama.

Work on the project is already underway and the finished aircraft is due to be delivered to Serve Air in early November.

“While the narrowbody conversion market demand from leasing companies has slowed over the last few months, new orders for our B737-800SF freighter coming directly from operators continues to remain strong,” stated Robert Convey, AEI senior vice president sales and marketing.

“Serve Air recently purchased an AEI B737-800SF from China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited and is currently operating the freighter.”

According to PlaneSpotters.net, the carrier currently operates a fleet of nine Boeing aircraft: four 727-200Fs; three 737-300Fs; one 737-300QC; and one 737-800F.

The AEI converted 737-800SF freighter offers a maindeck payload of almost 24 tonnes and incorporates 11 full height 88” x 125” container positions, plus an additional position for an AEP/AEH.

AEI expands 737 conversion capacity despite slowdown

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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]