Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced late December that it had delivered the first CRJ200 Special Freighter (CRJ200SF) aircraft to Gulf & Caribbean Cargo. Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), converted the passenger jet to a freighter configuration, allowing for up to 6.7 tonnes of payload on the main deck and eight 61.5” X 88” pallet positions.

“CRJ100 and 200 jets are the assets upon which regional airlines have built their existence; however, they are gradually being replaced in favor of larger aircraft and are finding homes in secondary markets with modifications such as AEI’s freighter conversions,” said David Speirs, Bombardier Asset Management v-p. With older CRJ100 and -200 jets being jettisoned by regional carriers in favor of larger aircraft, modified versions are finding homes in secondary markets. “We are continuing to see growing interest in these pre-owned aircraft from both traditional and emerging sectors of the industry,” said he added. “The CRJ100 and -200 operator base has grown by about 120 percent over the past eight or nine years, a strong indication of the aircraft’s continuing strength, versatility and appeal.”

“Speed and on-time performance are vital factors for success in a growing air freight industry,” said Michael Church, President, IFL Group. “The reliability of the CRJ aircraft have made their mark in the highly-competitive and fast-paced world of regional airline operations and we’re confident that will continue in our air freight business.” The CRJ Series regional jets share commonality benefits that provide flexibility to operators and allow them to optimize their fleets to meet specific market demands. No other regional aircraft deliver this capability. Optimized for medium-haul regional routes, these aircraft can provide up to 10 per cent cash operating cost advantage over competing jets.