GECAS signed an agreement with Boeing
on Monday, exercising 10 purchase rights to firm orders and adding 15 more
purchase rights for the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).
“Our leasing customers are very pleased with the
versatility and reliability of these freighters,” said Richard
Greener, SVP and Manager, GECAS Cargo. “It’s enabling operators to
replace aging freighters and meet the rapidly growing express
The 737-800BCF, which is making its airshow
debut at Le Bourget in Paris this week, is Boeing’s newest
freighter product. The company converts Next-Generation 737
passenger airplanes into cargo jets that are capable of carrying
more payload – up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 lbs) – and flying farther
– 2,000 nautical miles (3,750 km) – than previous standard-body
This is the third time that GECAS has
purchased Boeing’s newest freighter since the program was
announced in 2016. GECAS, the commercial aircraft leasing and
financing arm of General Electric, now has 65 orders
and options for the 737-800BCF.
“GECAS has a great pulse on the leasing market
and what air freight operators are looking for in their cargo
fleet. It is an honor to have GECAS place three orders for the
737-800BCF in as many years,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice
president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with GECAS and we look
forward to delivering more converted freighters to support their
The 737-800BCF is primarily used to carry
express cargo on domestic / short haul routes.
Boeing delivered the first in-service 737-800BCF
to GECAS leasing customer West Atlantic AB last year. Boeing has
delivered 14 737-800BCFs to date.