Nordic Aviation Capital is launch lessor for Embraer E-Jet P2F

By Rebecca Jeffrey

E195F. Photo: Embraer

Brazilian Commercial aircraft manufacturer Embraer has named regional aircraft leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) as the launch lessor for its E-Jet Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion programme.

Embraer’s programme to convert pre-owned E190s and E195s from passenger jets to freighters was launched in March.

NAC and Embraer have reached an agreement in principle to take up to 10 conversion slots for E190F/E195F, with first deliveries starting in 2024. Aircraft for conversion will come from NAC’s existing E190/E195 fleet.

Embraer’s E-Jet freighter programme has been created in response to e-commerce growth and increased demand for cargo capacity, especially to smaller markets.

The E190F will have a payload of 10,700 kg and the E195F a payload of 12,300kg.

The company confirmed that the conversions will be completed at its facilities in Brazil and will include main deck front cargo door; cargo handling system; and floor reinforcement.

“The E-Jet Freighters will have over 50% more volumetric capacity, three times the range of large cargo turboprops, and up to 30% lower operating costs than narrowbodies,” said Embraer.

Norman Liu, president and chief executive officer Nordic Aviation Capital, said: “We look forward to working with Embraer on developing an operator base for the E-Jet Freighter as cargo conversions are a key element of our full life cycle portfolio strategy for the future.”

Johann Bordais, president and chief executive officer, Embraer Services & Support, said, “There is unprecedented demand for airfreight, especially for same day deliveries and decentralised operations; the perfect mission for E-Jet sized freighters. Embraer’s P2F solution provides NAC with ideal revenue earning extension opportunities for our earlier E-Jet models, now set to replace the more polluting narrowbody cargo aircraft heading into retirement.”

Embraer launches freighter conversion programme

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