The lessor BBAM has signed an order with Boeing
for three 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF), underscoring
the growing e-commerce and express sector of the air cargo market.
BBAM has one of the world’s largest
Next-Generation 737 fleets and has chosen the BCF program to
convert three airplanes in its existing fleet.
“Through the Boeing freighter conversion program,
these 737-800s will continue to deliver value for our customers
and investors for many years to come,” said Steve Zissis,
president and CEO of BBAM. “The 737-800 is an integral part of
BBAM’s managed fleet of commercial passenger jet aircraft, and we
see strong interest from our customers in the standard-body freighter. We chose Boeing’s conversion program because we believe
it maximizes the platform’s capability and reliability.”
737-800BCF entered service in 2018 and is built on the Next-Generation 737 platform.
The aircraft can carry up
to 52,800 pounds (23.9 metric tons) of payload.
“BBAM is one of the world’s leading leasing
companies, known for their smart approach to investment. We are
delighted that BBAM has selected the Boeing Converted Freighter
program to extend the life of their Next-Generation 737s and
capture a new market opportunity in the years ahead,” said Ihssane
Mounir, Boeing’s senior vice president of Commercial Sales and
Marketing. “This agreement shows how we can serve our customers by
delivering efficient and reliable airplanes and a portfolio of
services that extracts value throughout the life of those jets.”
According to the Boeing Commercial Market Outlook, 2,820
freighters will enter the global fleet to meet market demand,
including 1,220 standard-body passenger-to-freighter conversions.
Boeing has plans to add
a 737-800BCF production line at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance
Engineering Company Ltd. (GAMECO) this summer.
“Passenger-to-freighter conversions give us the opportunity to
demonstrate our skill and expertise,” said GAMECO General Manager
Norbert Marx. “Boeing Converted Freighters are the market leader –
we are proud to partner with Boeing on this program.”