GECAS orders 20 + 15 options Boeing 737-80BCFs

GECAS and Boeing have announced an agreement for 35 Boeing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters. This includes 20 firm orders and 15 options.

GECAS’ 737-800BCF order book grows from 15 to 50, enabling GECAS to serve the growing express air cargo market.

Boeing also made this announcement:

Boeing and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) announced today that they have reached an agreement for 35 additional 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow.

The deal, which includes 20 firm orders and an option for 15 more, would take GECAS’ 737-800BCF order book from 15 to 50 and enable GECAS to serve the growing express air cargo market.

The commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric is the launch customer of the new 737-800BCF. It took delivery of the first converted jet in April and leased it to a Swedish cargo carrier (below).

First 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter

Above Copyright Photo: West Atlantic Cargo Airlines (UK) Boeing 737-86N WL (BCF) G-NPTA (msn 32740) LGG (Ton Jochems). Image: 942806.

This agreement, which is subject to GECAS board approval, would take the total commitments for the 737-800BCF program to 80 from more than half a dozen customers.

The 737-800BCF carries more payload – up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 lbs) and flies farther – 2,000 nautical miles (3,750 km) than 737 Classic freighters.  The converted jet also offers operators newer technology, better fuel efficiency and reliability than previous standard-body freighters.

Existing 737-800 passenger airplanes are modified at multiple facilities, 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.

Image: GECAS.

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