QUEBEC, CANADAThe charter and cargo specialist Chrono Aviation has signed a contract with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) for B737-800SF freighter conversion. The aircraft (MSN 30748) will go under modification in June 2022.

Upon the inclusion of the aircraft to the fleet, Quebec City-based Canadian operator will have a fleet of two AEI B737-800SF freighters, one company-owned and another leased. Chrono Aviation will use both aircraft to support its growing cargo operations.

The AEI converted B737-800SF freighter offers a main deck payload of up to 52,700 lbs. (23,904 kg) and incorporates eleven full-height 88” x 125” container positions, plus an additional position for an AEP/AEH. The conversion also incorporates new floor beams aft of the wing box, a large 86” x 137” Main Cargo Door with a single vent door system.

AEI's design allows for containers to be loaded into the aircraft a full 16.5” aft of the forward door jamb, ensuring ground operators have sufficient maneuvering room which minimizes potential door and aircraft strikes. Additionally, the AEI B737-800SF includes a flexible Ancra Cargo Loading System, a rigid 9g barrier, five supernumerary seats as standard, a galley, and a full lavatory.