[Avionics Magazine 05-16-2016] GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the aviation leasing and financing arm of GE, announced that its inaugural 737-800NG passenger-to-freighter conversion is underway with Miami-based Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI). GECAS first announced the launch of its AEI passenger-to-freighter conversion program at the Paris Air Show in June 2015.
A 1999 vintage 737-800, which Corendon Airlines in Turkey had operated, arrived in Miami on May 5. Conversion and the subsequent certification process are scheduled to take approximately a year. This will be AEI’s first 737-800NG freighter conversion.
GECAS plans to convert up to 20 of its Boeing 737-800NG passenger aircraft to freighters with AEI. Authorized AEI Conversion Centers at facilities in the U.S. and Asia will perform the conversions.