AEI receives Argentinian approval for B737-800SF freighter conversion

Interior view of main cargo deck of Boeing 737-800SF freighter
Photo Credit: AEI

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has now achieved Argentinian national STC certification for its Boeing B737-800SF freighter conversion.

AEI have announced that Argentina’s Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil (ANAC) has now approved AEI’s STC (ST02690LA) for the 12-pallet position B737-800SF freighter conversion.

This means that AEI has gained FAA, CAAC, EASA, TCCA, UK CAA, CAACI (Cayman Islands) DCA (Guernsey), Brazilian and now Argentinian ANAC approvals for its B737-800SF conversion.

The B737-800SF freighter conversion

AEI is currently the only conversion company to have ETOPS 180 approval on the 737-800 freighter conversion. Additionally, AEI can convert all 737-800 line number aircraft including those with Flat Aft Pressure Bulkheads, and Split Scimitar winglets.

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.

The AEI Boeing 737 freighter conversion with side fuselage loading door open.
Photo Credit: AEI

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.


The global P2F market

The global market for passenger to freighter (P2F) aircraft conversions is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.84% from 2022 to 2029.

The growth of the market is being driven by a number of factors, including the increasing demand for air cargo, the retirement of older passenger aircraft, and the rising cost of new aircraft.

The increasing demand for air cargo is one of the key drivers of the P2F market. The global air cargo market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% from 2022 to 2029.

This growth is being driven by a number of factors, including the growth of e-commerce, the increasing demand for perishable goods, and the need for faster and more reliable delivery of goods.

The retirement of older passenger aircraft is another key driver of the P2F market. A number of older passenger aircraft are being retired, and these aircraft can be converted to freighters.


This provides a cost-effective way to meet the growing demand for air cargo.

The rising cost of new aircraft is also a factor driving the P2F market. The cost of new aircraft is increasing, and this is making it more difficult for airlines to purchase new aircraft.

P2F conversions offer a more affordable way for airlines to increase their cargo capacity.

About AEI Aeronautical Engineers, Inc.

(AEI) is a global leader in the aircraft passenger-to-freighter conversion business and is the oldest conversion company in existence today.

Since the company’s founding in 1958, AEI has developed over 130 Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) and has modified over 600 aircraft with the STCs.

AEI helps its customers extend aircraft life and increase the overall value of aircraft assets by continuously focusing on dependable and flexible product offerings.

AEI currently offers passenger-to-freighter conversions for the Boeing 737-800, 737-400, 737-300, MD-80 series, and CRJ200 aircraft.

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