By Juliet Van Wagenen | December 21, 2016
|CRJ200 Special Freighter. Photo: Bombardier|
[Avionics Magazine 12-21-2016] Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has delivered the first CRJ200 Special Freighter (CRJ200SF) aircraft to launch operator Gulf & Caribbean Cargo of the IFL Group of Waterford, Michigan.
Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) of Miami are converting the CRJ100SF/CRJ200SF jets from the passenger version of the aircraft. AEI is a Bombardier-licensed Third Party Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) provider. The freighter design includes a large 94 inches by 77 inches cargo door, it holds up to 14,840 pounds of payload on the main deck and offers eight 61.5 inches by 88 inches of pallet positions for containerization.
“To date, we have received commitments for 45 aircraft conversions from a variety of operators and we fully expect to convert over 100 aircraft over the life of the program,” said Robert Convey, vice president of sales and marketing at AEI. “I believe that most CRJ100SF, CRJ200SF aircraft will be operated on longer-range regional services with thin demand that require the speed of a jet but can’t support larger narrow-body freighters.”