BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has confirmed it is considering launching a passenger-to-freighter (PTF) conversion programme for the Avro RJ jet.
The OEM said it is currently seeking customer feedback to help assess the PTF programme’s market potential having spent the past year assessing the Avro RJ as a freighter.
The principal variant for conversion would be the RJ100 aircraft which are now starting to come out of passenger service and will be available over the next few years.
BAE said the RJ100 can typically be bought for between $1m to $1.5m with the freighter kit and conversion costing between $ 2.2m to $2.8m.
Availability would be from the end of 2017.
The British aircraft manufacturer has yet to name an MRO partner for the PTF work, but said a typical lead-time from contract will be nine to 12 months and conversion time will be around three months, subject to the specific modifications that are required.