Express freight carrier Australian Air Express (AAE) is looking at adding a new type of aircraft that may eventually replace its Boeing 727-200 freighters.

Qantas, which holds a 50% stake in AAE, says the cargo division is undertaking “a fleet re-equipment evaluation process, is looking at replacing its 727Fs and is considering a proposal to operate 737-300 freighters. It is in discussions with Qantas on how best to source 737-300Fs.”

Industry sources say the carrier is considering converting at least three 737-300 passenger aircraft into freighters and that the 737s earmarked for conversion are with Qantas New Zealand subsidiaryJetConnect.

Source: Flight International