Embraer at the 2023 Paris Airshow has revealed its plans to begin converting more passenger aircraft to freighters thanks to a Letter of Agreement with Lanzhou Aviation Industry Development Group.
An important announcement for Embraer jets is that now as they begin to enter their final days, flying with passengers will be able to be converted to freighters.
The Letter of Agreement will see an established conversion space in Lanzhou, China, where the first generation of the P2F will enter service.
A deal consists at the moment of 20 E190F and E195Fs. However, it could look only to grow as Embraer signals its intent to enter this market.
The opportunity in China had a significant influence during the decision-making process of the launch of our P2F program. It is a market with increasing demand for cargo aircraft to accommodate the tremendous growth of E-commerce trade and the consequent evolution of the logistics industry. We’re confident in this booming market and always willing to support the sector’s further progress in cooperation with our Chinese partnersArjan Meijer, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation.
Embraer adds that the LoA shows a solid indication of the demand they forecast and believe that freighter conversions will only grow in China.
Additionally, Lanzhou Aviation Industry Development Group said they were honoured to be able to be providing customers with this Embraer passenger to freighter aircraft.
Embraer says that the P2F program will see over 50% more volume capacity and three times the range of large turboprops while being up to 30% lower in operating costs to other narrowbody jets.