LONDON – Embraer and Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has announced an agreement in principle for up to 10 conversion slots for Embraer E190/E195s to freighter. The aircraft will come from NAC’s existing E190/E195 fleet, and the first deliveries would start in 2024.
Norman C.T. Liu, President and CEO Nordic Aviation Capital, said, “We look forward to working with Embraer on developing an operator base for the E-Jet Freighter as cargo conversions are a key element of our full life cycle portfolio strategy for the future.”
This is the first deal announcement since Embraer launched the E190/E195 freight conversion program.
Arjan Meijer, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, “It’s great to be doing business with NAC, who has always been a strong supporter of Embraer and regional aviation. Having launched the E190F and E195F very recently, today’s announcement with NAC is a strong indicator of the demand we are seeing for our E-Jet freight conversions.”
The conversion will be undertaken in Brazil, at Embraer’s facilities. As part of the conversion, a main deck cargo door will be added. Additionally, a cargo handling system will be installed. In order to support cargo, the floor will be strengthened. Finally, the required safety systems will be installed.
Johann Bordais, President & CEO, Embraer Services & Support, said, “There is unprecedented demand for airfreight, especially for same day deliveries and decentralised operations; the perfect mission for E-Jet sized freighters. Embraer’s P2F solution provides NAC with ideal revenue-earning extension opportunities for our earlier E-Jet models, now set to replace the more polluting narrowbody cargo aircraft heading into retirement.”