Avro RJ jetliner in line to switch from passenger to freight service

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft is considering launching a passenger-to-freight conversion programme for the Avro RJ jetliner. The UK-based company is seeking customer feedback to help assess market potential.

The versatile RJ100 aircraft, which is capable of desert and unpaved runway operations, is beginning to come out of passenger service, so will be available from the end of 2017 for this conversion. The average price for this aircraft is between US $ 1-1.5 million and the freighter kit and conversion would cost between US$ 2.2 and 2.8 million. 

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft can provide a total support package, planned to last for at least a 15-20 year period, and also have a strategic MRO partner who will provide the freighter conversion or working party support solution to suit any need. Typical lead-time from contract will be 9-12 months and conversion time will be around three months, subject to the specific modifications that are required.

In addition the business will work with any potential Avro RJ Freighter customers to develop personalised specifications for the aircraft to suit differing requirements, including loadmaster seat, extended range, increased/re-distributed floor loading and remote operations.

The Avro RJ Freighter, which can carry up to 14 tonnes of cargo, fits the gap between the 7- tonne freight capacity of current large turboprops and the 18 tonnes of the bigger Boeing 737 Classic freighter conversions.

Visit www.regional-services.com for more information.