Boeing has delivered the first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).
customer is GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and the freighter
will be operated by West Atlantic Group, based in Sweden.
“We’re excited to be the first operator of the 737-800BCF,” said
West Atlantic’s chief executive, Fredrik Groth. “The additional capacity and Next-Generation efficiency offered by this new
aircraft will deliver real benefit to our customers and we’re
delighted to be at the forefront of deliveries of this new
technology. With the 737-800 BCF, we expect to improve
reliability, lower aircraft operating costs, and provide a better
West Atlantic will receive four
737-800 aircraft within the next 11 months and, once delivered,
the company will operate 23 Boeing 737 freighter aircraft.
are very proud to be the launch customer for the 737-800 BCF, and
pleased to supply this inaugural aircraft to West Atlantic,” said
Richard Greener, GECAS’ Senior Vice President & Manager, Cargo
Aircraft Group. “This freighter type is an important complement to
our portfolio as we support our customers across expanding air
The 737-800BCF has a payload of up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 lbs)
and a range of 2,000 nautical miles
(3,750 km). It
will primarily be used to carry express cargo on domestic / short
positions provide 4,993 cubic feet (141.4 cubic meters) of cargo
space on the main deck of the 737-800BCF. This will be supplemented by two lower-lobe compartments, combined providing
more than 1,540 cubic feet (43.7 cubic meters) of space for revenue-generating cargo.
For the 737-800BCF, Boeing has received 45 orders
and commitments, from seven customers including: YTO Airlines,
based in Hangzhou, China; China Postal Airlines, based in Beijing,
China; GECAS, based in Ireland; Air Algerie, based in Algiers,
Algeria; LAS Cargo, based in Bogota, Colombia; Cargo Air, based in
Sophia, Bulgaria ; and an unannounced customer.
Existing passenger airplanes will be
modified at select facilities located near conversion demand,
including Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co. Ltd., and Taikoo
(Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd., also known as STAECO, in
China. Modifications include installing a large main-deck cargo
door, a cargo-handling system and accommodations for up to four
non-flying crew members or passengers.
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