Bombardier Licenses Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. to Provide Passenger-to-Freighter Conversions for CRJ100 and CRJ200 Aircraft
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/28/13 -- Bombardier Aerospace
announced today that it has entered into an agreement with
Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) of Miami, Florida to become a
Bombardier-licensed Third Party Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)
Provider for passenger-to-freighter conversions for CRJ100 and CRJ200
aircraft. The freighters will include a large cargo door and will be
marketed by AEI as CRJ100 and CRJ200 Special Freighter (SF) aircraft.
"Bombardier's CRJ Series jetliners are the world's best-selling
family of regional aircraft, and now AEI is offering an outstanding
opportunity for additional utilization of the aircraft in the
secondary aviation market," said Rod Sheridan, Vice President, Sales
and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "As a
conversion provider for CRJ100 and CRJ200 aircraft, AEI is offering
yet another application for re-configuring aircraft that are being
phased out by airlines transitioning to larger regional aircraft."
"Bombardier is reporting strong levels of interest for previously
owned CRJ aircraft from both traditional and emerging sectors of the
aviation industry. Over the last seven years, the CRJ100 and CRJ200
aircraft operator base has grown to 61 - an increase of some 118 per
cent - clearly demonstrating the aircraft's strength and versatility
in the secondary market," added Mr. Sheridan.
"The CRJ100 and CRJ200 aircraft's robust, reliable platform, along
with their speed and economics, will set new standards for regional
large cargo door freighters worldwide," said Robert Convey, Vice
President, Sales and Marketing, AEI. "Following the team's market
study, we found there is significant interest and opportunity for
passenger-to-freighter conversions for the CRJ100 and CRJ200
aircraft. This makes for an affordable freighter application as
traditional regional feed operators provide increased service to
large cargo carriers."
AEI's conversion program will provide operators with a CRJ freighter
aircraft capable of hauling a maximum payload of 6.7 tonnes. The
freighter would come equipped with an Ancra cargo loading system
capable of hauling pallets, container
s or bulk loaded material. The
Main Deck Cargo Door will be 94" (2.39 m) wide by 77" (1.96 m) high
and feature AEI's proven hydraulic actuation and latching systems
that have been installed on more than 375 freighters.
Additional, preliminary features for the CRJ100/CRJ200 SF aircraft
-- Up to 6.7 tonne payload
-- Total cabin volume of 1,864 cu. ft. (52.8 cu. m)
-- 10,000 lb. (4 536 kg) payload can be flown 1,735 nm
-- 15,000 lb. (6 804 kg) payload can be flown 800 nm
-- Dual vent door system
-- Rigid 9G barrier
-- Main deck converted to Class "E" Cargo Compartment
-- Cabin windows replaced with lightweight aluminum window plugs
About CRJ Series aircraft
The best-selling CRJ Series jetliner family includes the original
50-seat CRJ100/200, 70-seat CRJ700 and CRJ700 NextGen, 75-seat
CRJ705, 88-seat CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen, and 100-seat CRJ1000
NextGen aircraft. Bombardier has delivered or received orders for
more than 1,700 CRJ Series aircraft.
Formed in 1958, Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) is the oldest
aircraft conversion company in existence today. For more than 50
years AEI has provided advanced engineering solutions to aircraft
owners and operators. Today the company is a global leader in
passenger-to-freighter conversions for a wide array of aircraft,
helping customers extend the life of the aircraft and increase the
value of their asset. AEI has developed over 120 Supplemental Type
Certificates (STCs) and 375+ aircraft have been modified with AEI
STCs - more than any other conversion provider.
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