Brazilian-based Embraer has secured a maiden firm contract for its passenger-to-freighter (P2F) E-Jets programme.
The airframer said today (June 24) that an undisclosed customer had inked a deal for up to ten conversions, with deliveries slated to start in 2024. The manufacturer added that the airframes due for the conversion process will be sourced from the undisclosed firm’s existing E-jets fleet.
While this latest development might be the first firm contract, Embraer previously revealed “an agreement in principle” with lessor, Nordic Aviation Capital back in May regarding up to ten conversion slots for the E190F/E195F.
According to Embraer, freighter conversions are to be conducted at the plane maker’s facilities in Brazil.
Embraer launched the E-Jet P2F programme earlier this year in March and promotes it as “capturing the market gap”, specifically between the ATR 72-600F and Boeing 737-300SF. Speaking back in March at the time, Arjan Meijer, president and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation, said the type is “perfectly positioned to fill the gap in the freighter market between turboprops and larger narrowbody jets”.
The manufacturer added that its P2F customers benefit from a “a well-established, mature, global services network” thanks to the more than 1,600 E-Jet examples handed over worldwide.