AEI restarts 727 cargo conversion line

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Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) has restarted its Boeing 727 cargo conversion line after a six-year hiatus.

AEI has announced it has been selected by an undisclosed customer to convert one 727-200 passenger aircraft into a freighter configured with 12 pallets. AEI says the aircraft, manufactured in 1981, is currently undergoing the modification process at the MRO shop of its Miami-based sister company Commercial Jet.

AEI VP sales and marketing Robert Convey tells ATI and Flightglobal this is the first 727 converted by AEI since 2005. But Convey does not expect the newly awarded 727 contract to be a one off as there is still some demand for additional 727 conversions.

"The 727-200SF freighter continues to attract attention from operators around the world who are looking for a proven workhorse," Convey says in a statement. "We continue to receive inquiries for our 12 pallet 727-200SF and expect to convert up to three 727-200SF aircraft in 2011."