Bombardier announced on December 21 that they have delivered the first CRJ200 Special Freighter to the operator Gulf & Caribbean Cargo (IFL Group) in Waterford, Michigan.
“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 modificaitons such as AEI’s freigher conversions,” said David Speirs, VP, Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
According to the manufacturer, the CRJ100SF/200SF jets are converted from the passenger version by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) which is based in Miami. The freighter has a large 94 in. x 77 in. (238.7 cm x 195.6 cm) cargo door and can hold up to 14,840 lbs. (6,731 kg) on the main deck with eight 61.5″ X 88″ pallet positions for containers.
Bombardier has 45 commitments for aircraft conversions from many operators, converting over 100 aircraft over the entire program life.
“I believe that most CRJ100SF, CRJ200SF 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,” says Michael Church, President, IFL Group.
Most of these aircraft are visioned to be operated on longer range regional routes that require the speed of a jet but are unable to support larger narrowbody freighters.
“Speed and on-time performance are vital factors for success in a growing air freight industry,” said Michael Church.
These new CRJ converted freighters is just another step forward for the air cargo market. Small yet reliable, the CRJ family of freighters is perfectly suited for those carriers who operate into small airports.