GA Telesis Receives Firm Order for 737-800 Conversion to Freighter with AEI

GA Telesis received a firm order from Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) to convert a 737-800 passenger aircraft to a freighter configuration with an option for a second aircraft.

This commitment marks GA Telesis’ expansion into the 737NG passenger-to-freighter (P2F) market. The first 737-800 (MSN 32903) will begin P2F conversion in August 2020 with completion scheduled for December 2020. If exercised, conversion of the option aircraft will follow in early 2021 for May completion. The freighter conversions will be performed by the authorized AEI conversion center, commercial jet, in Miami.

“We are excited to continue the growth of our leasing business in the air cargo market by launching our freighter conversion strategy with these 737-800 aircraft. We are increasing our focus on the air cargo sector and plan to devote substantial resources and significant investment in this growing segment of commercial aviation,” Marc Cho, president of GA Telesis’ leasing investment financing and trading (LIFT) group, said.

“The B737-800SF will dominate the narrowbody freighter segment of the market for at least the next 30 plus years,” Robert T. Convey, senior vice president of sales and marketing at AEI, said. “We are pleased to add GA Telesis to our ever-expanding list of new B737-800SF customers.”

LIFT is a multi-strategy aviation platform comprising three groups: asset transactions (ATG), capital management (CMG) and leveraged finance (LFG). LIFT specializes in aircraft and engine leasing and trading, asset-based finance, structured credit, investment management, and asset management and remarketing.

AEI is an aircraft passenger-to-freighter conversion business.

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