Alaska Air Cargo announced Boeing will provide the conversion work for two 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) to add to its dedicated freighter fleet serving the state of Alaska.
The conversion work will be done at Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (COOPESA) in Costa Rica. The two 737-800BCF aircraft will increase the Alaska Air Cargo freighter fleet from three to five aircraft that are dedicated to serving the state of Alaska.
The two 737-800 airplanes will come from Alaska Airlines’ existing passenger fleet and will be leased from BBAM, an industry leader in aircraft leasing and freighter conversions. The planes will be converted from their passenger configuration to an all-freight aircraft beginning in 2023 with completion of the final aircraft by early 2024.
The 737-800 provides a payload of nearly 50,000 pounds. With a range of 2,800 nautical miles, the 737-800 will be the most fuel-efficient aircraft to serve intra-Alaska.
Top Copyright Photo: Alaska currently operates three Boeing 737-700Fs from its SEA hub to Alaska. Alaska Air Cargo (Alaska Airlines) Boeing 737-790 (F) WL N625AS (msn 30792) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 956149.
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