(08 Mar 2022, 10:28 +07)
If increased competition is a positive, then the air freight market has suddenly become a lot
more interesting with Embraer unveiling plans to launch E190F and
E195F Passenger to Freight Conversions (P2F).
The conversion to freighter will be performed at
Embraer’s facilities in Brazil and includes main deck front cargo
door; cargo handling system; floor reinforcement; Rigid Cargo
Barrier (RCB) – 9G Barrier with access door; cargo smoke detection
system, including class “E” extinguishers in upper cargo
compartment; Air Management System changes (cooling,
pressurization, etc); interior removal and provisions for
hazardous material transportation.
The E190F can handle a payload of 23,600lb
(10,700kg) while the E195F a payload of 27,100 lb (12,300 kg).
Embraer has entered the freighter market with E190F and E195F P2F Conversions
“Perfectly positioned to fill the gap in the
freighter market between turboprops and larger narrowbody jets,
our P2F E-Jet conversion hits the market as the demand for
airfreight continues to take off, and as e-commerce and trade, in
general, undergoes a global structural transformation,” said Arjan
Meijer, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation.
The full freighter conversion is available for all
pre-owned E190 and E195 aircraft, with entry into service expected
in early 2024.
Embraer has forecast a global need for
approximately 700 aircraft of this size over the next 20 years.
E-Jets that entered service 10-15 years ago are now emerging from long-term leases and
beginning their replacement cycle, continuing over the coming
decade. The full cargo conversion will extend the life of the most
mature E-Jets by another 10 to 15 years, and encourage their
replacement with more efficient, more sustainable, and quieter
“The E-Jet air freighters will provide fast,
reliable, and cost-effective service to freight forwarders, extend
the revenue earning life of E-Jets, support E-Jets’ asset values
and create a strong business case encouraging the replacement of
earlier aircraft with modern, more efficient, passenger aircraft,”
said Johann Bordais, President & CEO, Embraer Services and
Support. “With more than 1,600 E-Jets delivered globally,
customers of this new freighter segment will benefit from well
established, mature, global services network, in addition to a
comprehensive portfolio of products ready to support their
operation from day one.”