Embraer signs up E190F launch customer

A lessor has agreed to 10 E190/E195 P2F conversions

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has become the launch customer for the Embraer E190/E195 passenger to freighter conversion (P2F).

The Dublin-based lessor has signed an agreement with the Brazilian manufacturer to take up to 10 conversion slots, with deliveries anticipated to begin in 2024. Feedstock for the programme will come from NAC’s existing E190/E195 fleet.

NAC will provide aircraft from its existing fleet for the freighter conversion programme
NAC will provide aircraft from its existing fleet for the freighter conversion programme Embraer

Freighter conversions will be undertaken at Embraer’s facilities in Brazil. The programme includes the addition of a main deck front cargo door and a cargo handling system, while the main deck floor will be reinforced, and Class E fire extinguishers will be installed in the former passenger cabin.

The E190F can handle a payload of 23,600lb (10,700kg) while the E195F a payload of 27,100 lb (12,300 kg).

Norman C.T. Liu, NAC’s president and CEO, said: “We look forward to working with Embraer on developing an operator base for the E-Jet Freighter as cargo conversions are a key element of our full life cycle portfolio strategy for the future.”

Arjan Meijer, Embraer Commercial Aviation president and CEO, added: “It’s great to be doing business with NAC, who has always been a strong supporter of Embraer and regional aviation. Having launched the E190F and E195F very recently, today’s announcement with NAC is a strong indicator of the demand we are seeing for our E-Jet freight conversions.”

Johann Bordais, Embraer Services & Support president & CEO, commented, “There is unprecedented demand for airfreight, especially for same day deliveries and decentralised operations; the perfect mission for E-Jet sized freighters. Embraer’s P2F solution provides NAC with ideal revenue-earning extension opportunities for our earlier E-Jet models, now set to replace the more polluting narrowbody cargo aircraft heading into retirement.”