Aeronautical Engineers has entered an agreement to provide Nigeria-based Allied Air with up to 4 AEI B737-800SF freighters. The agreement calls for 2 firm orders with an additional 2 options. The first aircraft (MSN 36746) will commence modification in mid-March 2020 and all touch labour will be performed by Commercial Jet in Miami, Florida.
Allied Air, Africa’s first IOSA certified cargo airline, is a key operator in the region. Currently, Allied Air operates a total of 3 AEI B737-400SF freighters and flies for the DHL network within Africa as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria. The B737-800 aircraft represents the first African airline owned B737-800SF freighter, and will also be the youngest 737-800 converted to date.
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, and a flexible Ancra Cargo Loading System. Additionally, the AEI B737-800SF includes a rigid 9g barrier, up to five supernumerary seats, a galley and full lavatory.