Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) announced that it has delivered the first B737-400SF 11 pallet position freighter to Madrid, Spain based Swiftair S.A. This delivery is the first of an eight freighter conversion order. The aircraft, built in 1991 (MSN 24438) is a high gross weight B737-400 and was converted at Commercial Jet’s Miami facility. After a successful test flight the aircraft was painted at Commercial Jet’s dedicated paint facility in Dothan, Alabama (see photos below). The second B737-400SF conversion is also now complete and currently undergoing paint at Commercial Jet in Dothan, AL.
The AEI B737-400SF is the only passenger to freighter conversion product that offers operators ten full height 88” x 125” container positions. This unique capability is achievable due to AEI’s Main Deck Cargo Door location which is approximately 40” further back than the competition. The additional container position increases AEI’s volumetric carrying capability by 10% which places the freighter in a class by itself.
AEI’s B737-400SF shall provide Swiftair with an Ancra CLS capable of carrying multiple ULD’s including:
· (10) 88”x125” ULDs or
· (10) 88”x108” ULDs or
· (8) 96”x125” ULDs and
· All configurations noted above have the following configuration in P11 (1) 53”x88”x64” Pallet or AEP/AEH or 60.4”x61.5” AKE/LD3 or 61.5”x88”x56”H AYY in P11
This unique flexibility has been designed by AEI to allow cargo operators to immediately adapt to multiple ULD configurations at a moment’s notice. When combined with proven reliability, the AEI Converted B737-400SF will allow Swiftwair to keep their aircraft – “In the air, generating revenue”.