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Embraer enters the air freight market with the launch of the E190F and E195F Passenger to Freight (P2F) conversions. The E-Jets freighters are designed to meet the changing demands of e-commerce and modern trade that require fast deliveries and decentralized operations.

“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 takeoff, 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 sees a market for this size of airplane of approximately 700 aircraft throughout 20 years.

This initiative comes as Embraer addresses three major opportunities:

• Current small narrowbody freighter airframes are aged, inefficient, highly polluting, and well within their retirement window

• The ongoing transformation of the intersection between commerce, trade, and logistics, has led to unprecedented demand for airfreight across the board, and more so for same day deliveries and decentralized operations; the perfect mission for E-Jet sized freighters

• The earlier E-Jets that entered service around 10-to-15 years ago are now emerging from longterm 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 aircraft

Embraer’s E-Jet P2F conversions will have more than 50% more volume capacity, 3x the  range of large cargo turboprops, and up to 30% lower operating costs than narrowbodies.

“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.”

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 23,600 lb (10,700kg) while the E195F a payload of 27,100 lb (12,300kg).

“This facility gives us even more control over the safety of our products,” said Michael Howell, senior vice president of operations and maintenance services at Satco. “We don’t have to wait in line at other testing facilities because we have our own. We can run tests whenever we need to and can quickly evaluate our products and get them to market faster.”

The Satco ARC facility’s location was chosen for its proximity to several airports known for cargo distribution from some of the world’s largest companies. This will allow Satco to meet the high product demand in the region and add to the advanced manufacturing talent already present. The facility will be home for up to 120 jobs including engineers, IT specialists and software developers.

“The Satco ARC facility allows us to ensure we are manufacturing the safest ULDs on the market,” Proctor said. “It also gives us a resource to anticipate new potential fire hazards in flight and plan for them. We can’t just wait for a catastrophe to happen to advance the industry; we have to be proactive.”

This content was originally published here.

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