The Waterford, Michigan, based IFL Group has signed a firm order for the purchase of its very first Bombardier CRJ200 SF (Special Freighter), the Canadian manufacturer announced just before the weekend.
The aircraft will join IFL Group’s fleet flying air freight throughout North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean.
Prior to being delivered to the IFL Group, the aircraft will be converted to all-cargo configuration by Aeronautical Engineers. This so-called Third Party Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Provider has been licensed by Bombardier for passenger-to-freighter conversions for CRJ100 and CRJ200 aircraft. The freighters include a large cargo door and are marketed by AEI as CRJ100 and CRJ200 Special Freighter (SF) aircraft.
Features for the CRJ100/CRJ200 SF aircraft include: eight 61.5 in x 88 in (256 cm x 223.5 cm) pallet positions; up to 14,840 lbs. (6,731 kg) main deck payload; large cargo door 94 in. x 77 in (238.7 x 195.6 cm); 10,000 lb. (4, 536 kg) payload can be flown 1,735 nm (3,213 km); 15,000 lb. (6 804 kg) payload can be flown 800 nm (1,482 km); dual vent door system; rigid 9G barrier; a 28-VDC independent cargo door hydraulic system; the main deck converted to a so-called Class E Cargo Compartment and cabin windows replaced with lightweight aluminum window plugs.