Ethiopian Cargo has taken delivery of its third Boeing 737-800 freighter, with the aircraft transiting Dublin on it’s delivery flight from the United States. The aircraft underwent its passenger to freighter (P2F) conversion at Aeronautical Engineering, Inc. authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet, in Miami.

The aircraft registered ET-AYL Boeing 737-804(F) msn 32903 routed Dothan-Washington Dulles-Dublin-Addis Ababa on the 23-25 March 2021 using callsign ‘ETH 9201’. The aircraft landed in Dublin at 1950 local on 24 March departing next day at 1104 local.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said “I would like to express my delight upon the delivery of the B737-800SF converted freighter aircraft. The delivery of the aircraft is a significant addition to our freighter capacity and frequency and will enhance our capability to serve short-haul destinations in Africa and the Middle East more economically, including the transportation of the much-needed medical supplies and vaccines. This time we are not just receiving a new aircraft; we are also showing to the world that Ethiopian stands firm through a storm and strives to widen its strength and reach corners of the world with much-needed medical supplies and vaccines to save lives.”

A second Boeing 737-800 (MSN 28826) contracted with AEI is currently undergoing the P2F conversion, with delivery expected in May 2021.

The converted Boeing 737-800SF freighter offers a main deck payload of up to 52,700 lbs. (23,904 kg) and incorporates eleven full height 88” x 125” container positions, plus an additional position for an AEP/AEH. The conversion also incorporates new floor beams aft of the wing box, a large 86” x 137” Main Cargo Door with a single vent door system.

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