Ethiopian Airlines in quest to leasehold first 2 AEI 737-800 P2F freighters from GECAS

The cargo administrative units of the Ethiopian Airlines unit have decided to leasehold the first two 737-800 cargo converted by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), from aviation leasing and financing company GECAS. The initial shipment is all set for June 2018, followed by a second in January 2019.

The first two passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions were primitively slated to go to ASL Aviation, however with this up-to-the-minute proclamation, ASL Aviation said it will take its re-deliveries afterwards.

“The aircraft will be a great complement to our existing fleet of 777 and 757 freighters,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO. Gebremariam further added that the carrier was spreading out its cargo fleet and networking to assist trade inside Africa, and worldwide, by accelerating the export of biodegradable and the import of high-value goods into the continent.

Ethiopian air freight forwarder have seemingly joined a flourishing number of collection carriers that has choose 737-800 P2F conversions.

The AEI-converted cargo ship adapt eleven full-height containers plus one AEP/AEH and a main-deck payload of up to 23,587 kilograms. The lading also feature AEI’s hydraulically-operated cargo doors, providing many primal characteristics to cargo organizations.


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