Serve Air Takes Delivery of Second AEI B737-800SF Freighter

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

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) recently redelivered a converted B737-800SF freighter to Serve Air, a Democratic Republic of Congo-based cargo operator.

This marks the second AEI B737-800SF aircraft for Serve Air, solidifying their position as the launch customer for this freighter model in the region.

Commercial Jet, an authorized AEI Conversion Center located in Dothan, Alabama, completed the conversion work.

B737-800SF Cargo Capabilities

The AEI B737-800SF boasts an impressive main deck payload capacity of up to 52,700 lbs. (23,904 kg).

It features eleven full-height container positions measuring 88” x 125”, along with an additional slot for an AEP/AEH.

The conversion also includes reinforced floor beams for increased weight tolerance, a large 86” x 137” main cargo door with a single vent system, and new floor beams aft of the wing box.

An AEI freighter conversion.
Image Credit: AEI Freighters

AEI’s innovative design places the forward door jamb 16.5 inches further aft, maximizing loading efficiency and safety by granting ground operators more maneuvering room.

This provides ample maneuvering space for ground crews, minimizing the risk of door and aircraft damage.

The freighter also boasts a flexible Ancra Cargo Loading System for efficient cargo handling, a robust 9g barrier for superior safety, five supernumerary seats, a galley, and a full lavatory for crew comfort.

About Serve Air

Founded in 1993, Serve Air has grown to become a prominent cargo operator in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The company, led by Mr. Harish Jagtani, uses its extensive experience in freight transportation aviation to deliver exceptional service.

Their management team possesses a deep understanding of government approval processes, which leads to smooth operational readiness.

Serve Air’s impressive growth can be attributed to their customer-centric approach, translating economic trends and specific needs of their NGO clientele into targeted solutions.

Serve Air’s 230-strong workforce aim to excel in operational excellence, strong airline business practices, and ethical values.

The company is actively expanding its international footprint, with its commercial cargo aircraft already marketed nationwide.

Serve Air currently operates a diverse fleet that includes B727F, B737-300F, and now, the B737-800SF freighter.

Their commitment to growth is further emphasized by their plans to acquire a total of six AEI B737-800SF aircraft in the coming years.

About Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI)

As a global leader in passenger-to-freighter conversions, AEI boasts a rich history as the industry’s longest-standing conversion company.

Since its inception in 1958, AEI has developed over 130 Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) and modified more than 600 aircraft.

Their focus on dependable and versatile product offerings empowers customers to extend aircraft lifespans and maximize asset value.

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

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