Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (TSE: BBD) has delivered the first CRJ200 special freighter (CRJ200SF) aircraft to launch operator Gulf & Caribbean Cargo, Inc. dba IFL Group of Waterford, Michigan, the company said.
The CRJ100SF/CRJ200SF jets are converted from the passenger version of the aircraft by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) of Miami, which is a Bombardier-licensed third party supplemental type certificate (STC) provider.
The company said regional airlines are gradually replacing their mainstay CRJ100 and 200 jets in favor of larger aircraft and placing the pre-owned aircraft in secondary markets with modifications such as AEI´s freighter conversions.
Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) is a company in the aircraft passenger-to-freighter conversion business. Since 1958, AEI has developed over 125 supplemental type certificates (STCs) and converted over 430 aircraft.
The IFL Group has been flying air freight since 1983 when it began operating charter flights out of Pontiac, Michigan. The company is a part 135 and part 121 operator of multiple aircraft types, and has operations throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and well into Latin America.
Bombardier, headquartered in MontrÃ©al, Canada is a manufacturer of planes and trains with 2015 revenues of CAD18.2 billion.