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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) announced the company has signed a contract to provide Vx Capital Partners (Vx) with three additional B737-400SF freighter conversions. The first aircraft will commence modification in March 2020, the second aircraft will commence modification in May 2020, and the third aircraft will commence modification in August 2020. All modification touch labor and maintenance requirements will be performed at Kelowna, B.C.-based KF Aerospace, which is an authorized AEI Conversion Center. These conversions represent the 23rd, 24th and 25th AEI B737-400SF freighters for Vx.
Will Hudson, president of Vx Capital Partners commented, “Vx is proud to be the industry’s leading provider of 737 Classic cargo aircraft. Given the robust demand for our portfolio of 42 737 Classic freighters, Vx is well-positioned to serve our global customer base. We appreciate the ongoing support of AEI as we complete our 737-400 conversion program and turn our attention to the 737 Next Gen market.”
“On behalf of the entire AEI team, I would like to thank Vx Capital Partners for their continued support of the AEI B737-400SF, the world’s leading narrowbody freighter,” said Bob Convey, AEI senior vice-president, Sales and Marketing. “These additional orders reaffirm current demand and the dominant role that the B737-400SF will continue to play for years to come.”
AEI’s B737-400SF shall provide Vx with a highly flexible Ancra CLS capable of carrying multiple ULD’s including:
- (10) 88″ x 125″ ULDs in P1 to P10;
- (Eight) 96″ x 125″ in P1 to P10;
- (One) 53″ x 88″ x 64″ pallet or AEP/AEH or 60.4″ x 61.5″ AKE/LD3 or 61.5″ x 88″ x 56″ 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 Vx to keep their aircraft, “in the air, generating revenue.”