Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) announces that its customer, CargoAir, has successfully completed its first ferry flight of the AEI B737-800SF freighter. The aircraft (MSN 30664) is now registered as LZ-CGA under the Bulgarian Civil Aviation Administration. This is the first B737-800SF freighter for CargoAir and will be flown to support a large European integrator through an upgraded existing route out of Cologne, Germany.

With the addition of the B737-800SF to their fleet, CargoAir has also introduced a new aircraft livery.

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 maneuvering room which minimizes potential door and aircraft strikes. Additionally, the AEI B737-800SF includes a flexible Ancra Cargo Loading System, a rigid 9g barrier, five supernumerary seats as standard, a galley, and full lavatory.

When combined with proven reliability, ruggedness, and low cost, the AEI Converted B737-800SF will allow CargoAir to keep their aircraft – “In the air, generating revenue”.