GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has confirmed the start of its first 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion programme.
The project was first announced at the 2015 Paris Air Show and is being undertaken with Miami-based Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) on a 17-year-old aircraft formerly operated by Turkish low-cost carrier Corendon Airlines.
In a statement released yesterday (May 16), the leasing and financing arm of GE said it expects the conversion and subsequent certification process to take approximately one year to complete.
GECAS plans to convert up to 20 of its 737-800 aircraft to freighters with AEI.
The work will be performed at approved AEI conversion centres in the US and Asia.