Austin, Texas – 15th November 2021 - Aero Capital Solutions, Inc. (ACS), has today announced the continued growth of its cargo aircraft fleet with a commitment to convert an additional 13 Boeing 737-800SF to freighters.
The conversions will be carried out in conjunction with an STC (supplemental type certificate) provided by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), and add to the 21 aircraft that ACS has already committed for conversion.
The first of the additional Boeing 737-800SF aircraft will commence modification performed by Commercial Jet Inc. based in Miami, Florida in March 2023. The remaining 12 aircraft modifications will be distributed between Commercial Jet, KF Aerospace and HAECO Xiamen with the final aircraft commencing in December 2023.
Upon completion, ACS’ total freighter portfolio will comprise of 34 Boeing 737-800SF aircraft.
Jason Barany, CEO and Founder of ACS, says: “Air cargo demand remains strong, even as we emerge from Covid, driven by factors including a long term upward shift in consumer e-commerce use. Our growing fleet of efficient narrowbody freighters has been created to meet the rapidly expanding needs of cargo operators and express carriers.”
The AEI converted B737-800SF freighter offers a main deck payload of up to 52,700 lbs. (23,904 kg) and incorporates eleven full height 88” x 125” container positions, plus an additional position for an AEP/AEH. The conversion also incorporates new floor beams aft of the wing box, a large 86” x 137” Main Cargo Door with a single vent door system.
AEI’s forward-thinking design allows for containers to be loaded into the aircraft a full 16.5” aft of the forward door jamb, ensuring ground operators have sufficient manoeuvring room which minimizes potential door and aircraft strikes. Additionally, the AEI B737-800SF includes a flexible Ancyra Cargo Loading System, a rigid 9g barrier, five supernumerary seats as standard, a galley, and full lavatory.