CRJ conversions not affected by Bombardier’s sale of program

Mexico-based already has four 200 SFs and is due to receive another one soon.

The sale of Bombardier’s program and its subsequent termination is not expected to have any material effect on Aeronautical Engineers, Inc.’s (AEI) own passenger-to-freighter conversion program, the conversion house told Cargo Facts.

announced in June that it was selling off the program to Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, with the remaining backlog continuing to be built at Mirabel (YMX) until production ends in the second half of next year.

’s SF conversion was launched in 2013 in cooperation with and was granted an STC from the FAA in October 2016. subsequently received EASA approval in May 2018 and obtained Transport Canada approval last December. The freighter is based on the older 100 and 200 models, both of which ended production in 2006.

The conformity aircraft (7029, ex-SkyWest) was redelivered to launch customer Michigan-based To date, has redelivered eleven conversions: one 100 SF and three 200 SFs to IFL Group, four 200 SFs to Mexican cargo carrier , one 200 SF to Miami-based lessor Regional One, and two 200 SFs to Pinnacle Partners. Another 200 (7787, ex-South African Express) has almost completed the conversion process and is expected to be redelivered to in a few weeks’ time.

With over forty-five firm orders and commitments, the 200 SF program will keep busy in the months to come, but the company told Cargo Facts that it was looking at the newer 900 as a potential add-on to the conversion program, although a decision to launch has yet to be made.

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