5-Sep-2016 11:58 AM

BAE Systems confirms it is working towards Avro RJ passenger-to-freighter conversion programme

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft confirmed (02-Sep-2016) it is working towards the possible launch of a passenger-to-freighter conversion programme for the Avro RJ. Building on the experience gained with the BAe 146QT, the company has spent the past 12 months assessing the feasibility of the Avro for freighter conversion and coming up with an industrialisation plan. Programme details include:

  • Principal variant for conversion would be the RJ100 which can carry up to 14 tonnes of cargo, or with the addition of a modular underfloor fuel tank system, a smaller payload can be carried for an extra 1000nm;
  • BAE System is currently assessing market reaction and looking for interested parties to commit to the programme for a minimum of 10 aircraft to initiate a full industrial programme;
  • BAE Systems will have a strategic MRO partner who will provide the freighter conversion or working party support;
  • The plan is to have the first conversion completed by the end of 2017;
  • BAE Systems will work with any potential Avro RJ Freighter customers to develop bespoke modifications for the aircraft to suit differing requirements, including loadmaster seat, extended range and increased/re-distributed floor loading;
  • In addition to the RJ100, the RJ85 can also be developed as a freighter using the same kit. The RJ85 is cleared for unpaved runway operations, so making the aircraft very suitable for remote operations for low-density freight operations and life-line/humanitarian use. [more - original PR]
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