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Monday, May 16, 2016

GECAS’ Cargo Aircraft Group Underway With First 737-800NG

Woodrow Bellamy III 

[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.
 
 
Photo: GECAS.
 
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. 

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