Texel Air made this announcement:
Texel Air, an established airline and MRO based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, celebrated the launch of the latest addition to its fleet and the very first for the region, a 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).
The 737-800BCF is a full freighter aircraft that is highly in demand in the global air cargo market and is the first of its kind in the Middle East with a second of the same aircraft type due to arrive in September 2022. These new aircraft will enable Texel Air to carry larger cargo volumes, fly greater distances and to new destinations on behalf of its current and future customer base across the Middle East, India, Turkey, East Africa, and other global markets.
This aircraft, registration A9C-GWC (MSN 29985), underwent conversion from passenger to freighter aircraft at a Boeing MRO supplier facility, with further client specific modifications at Texel Air’s hangar facility prior to transferring onto their Bahrain Aircraft Operators Certificate.
Some of the key features of the new aircraft include:
- The Boeing Converted Freighter is capable of carrying up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 pounds) and flying up to 2,025 nautical miles (3,750 kilometers).
- The 737-800BCF has 6,546 cubic feet (185.4 cubic meters) of total cargo volume, with 12 positions – 11 standard (88”X125”) positions and one (60.4” X 61.5”) position on the main deck providing 4,993 cubic feet (141.4 cubic meters) and 1,553 cubic feet (44 cubic meters) in the lower hold.
Texel Air’s second 737-800BCF aircraft will be inducted for conversion with Boeing in May 2022 and is expected to enter service in September 2022.