AEI to Provide Air Inuit with Three B737-800SF Freighter Conversions

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

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has today announced that Canadian-based Air Inuit has ordered three AEI B737-800SF freighter conversions.

Of these new conversions, two of the aircraft are being converted as combi aircraft. The first aircraft, (MSN40852) is slated to begin modification in November of this year and will be redelivered in late March 2024.

Touch labor and maintenance will be performed by the authorized AEI Conversion Center, KF Aerospace in Kelowna, BC, Canada. AEI is the only conversion company that can convert any line number 737-800 aircraft, including these three aircraft which are all 2012 vintage.

The second and third aircraft are slated to commence modification in March 2024 and July 2024

A new partnership for Air Inuit

“We are honored that Air Inuit has selected the AEI B737-800SF freighter and combi as part of
their fleet modernization plans,” stated Robert T. Convey, AEI senior vice president of sales and

“We welcome Air Inuit to the AEI family of customers and look forward to a successful relationship.”


An AEI freighter conversion.
Image Credit: AEI Freighters

“We are pleased to partner with AEI for our freighter conversion needs for both our B738 freighter
operations as well as for our soon to come innovative world’s first B738 combi aircraft,” stated
Christian Busch, Air Inuit’s president and CEO.

About the AEI 737-800SF freighter conversion

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.

600 AEI freighter conversions in operation

This news comes only 2 months after AEI had completed it’s 600th freighter conversion.

“We are thrilled to reach this milestone and couldn’t have made it without the dedication of our employees, the responsiveness of our vendor partners, and the trust earned from our customers,” according to Roy Sandri, AEI’s president at the time.

“By consistently delivering robust and reliable freighter conversion products, AEI has grown to become the most widely recognized and respected independent conversion company in the industry.”

About Air Inuit

Founded by the Inuit of Nunavik in 1978, Air Inuit, a wholly owned subsidiary of Makivik Corporation, was created to provide air connections between Nunavik’s 14 coastal villages and the South, to promote trade and to preserve Inuit culture.

With more than 1,100 employees and a fleet of 33 aircraft, the Company is also committed to the development of this immense territory and the prosperity of its people.

It provides support to various community organizations, cultural events, educational and sports programs, as well as the implementation of employment access programs for Inuit people.


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