Category Archives: West Atlantic Airlines

Boeing delivers the first 737-800BCF to GECAS and West Atlantic

Boeing on April 19 announced the delivery of the first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). The first customer is GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and the freighter will be operated by West Atlantic Group, based in Sweden.

West Atlantic will receive four 737-800 aircraft within the next 11 months and, once delivered, the company will operate 23 Boeing 737 freighter aircraft.

Boeing’s Current Market Outlook forecasts that over the next 20 years, customers will need more than 1,100 standard-body converted freighters.

Through its freighter conversion program, Boeing transitions passenger airplanes into freighters, extending the service life of the airplane. The 737-800BCF carries more payload – up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 lbs) – and has longer range – 2,000 nautical miles (3,750 km) than other standard-body freighters – providing capability to open new markets. The 737-800BCF freighter also offers operators newer technology, lower fuel consumption and better reliability than other standard-body freighters. It primarily will be used to carry express cargo on domestic / short haul routes.

For the 737-800BCF, Boeing has received 45 orders and commitments, from seven customers including: YTO Airlines, based in Hangzhou, China; China Postal Airlines, based in Beijing, China; GECAS, based in Ireland; Air Algerie, based in Algiers, Algeria; LAS Cargo, based in Bogota, Colombia; Cargo Air, based in Sophia, Bulgaria ; and an unannounced customer.

Twelve pallet positions provide 4,993 cubic feet (141.4 cubic meters) of cargo space on the main deck of the 737-800BCF. This will be supplemented by two lower-lobe compartments, combined providing more than 1,540 cubic feet (43.7 cubic meters) of space for revenue-generating cargo.

Existing passenger airplanes will be modified at select facilities located near conversion demand, 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.

Photo: Boeing.

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West Atlantic to lease four 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters from GECAS

West Atlantic Airlines, a European dedicated cargo airline specializing in mail and express freight, has agreed to lease four Boeing 737-800 Freighters from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The airline will be the first operator to take delivery of the Boeing standard-body converted freighter. GECAS launched the program and provided the prototype aircraft to Boeing in 2016.

The first aircraft is currently undergoing the conversion at Boeing’s modification facility in Shanghai, with subsequent aircraft delivering in 2018 and 2019. This order will provide additional capacity to West Atlantic’s existing fleet of more than 50 freighters.

With 55 years of operating experience and detailed knowledge of the requirements of the express package and mail industries, West Atlantic is a proven supplier of custom-made capacity solutions throughout the EMEA region.

“GECAS is proud to provide these 737-800 converted freighters to West Atlantic,” stated Richard Greener, GECAS’ SVP & Manager Cargo, noting “transitioning into the Next Generation 737 is a logical step as West Atlantic defines its future fleet requirements.”

The 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter will be equipped with CFM56-7B engines, and carries up to 23.9 tonnes of cargo with 12 main deck positions over 2,000 nautical miles and is an exceptionally cost-effective standard-body freighter.

Image: GECAS.

West Atlantic’s CRJ200 SE-DUX crashes in the border region of Sweden and Norway, 2 crew members dead

West Air Europe Cargo (West Atlantic Group) Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) SE-DUX (msn 7010) OSL (Gunter Mayer). Image: 930938.

West Atlantic Cargo Airlines (West Air Europe-Sweden) (West Atlantic Group) (Gothenburg, Sweden) Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) with the registration of SE-DUX (msn 7010) late on January 8 with two pilots was operating flight SWN 294 between Oslo and Tromso, Norway, crashed in the mountainous border region of Norway and Sweden. The crew members declared an emergency and disappeared from radar. The jetliner impacted a mountain northwest of Lake Akkajaure in Lapplandsfjällen near the Norwegian border. There were no survivors.

West Atlantic was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Operations are performed all over Europe.

The company issued this statement:

West Atlantic logo

The aircraft departed Oslo on route to Tromsö and declared mayday at 23:31 (January 8) whereby the Swedish and Norwegian search and rescue teams were notified. The crash site was located at 03:10 (January 9) near the Norwegian border by the Lake Akkajaure in the Swedish Lapplandsfjällen by air rescue services with support from Hovedredningssentralen in Norway.

The search has been taken over by the Swedish police which are on their way to the accident site. The internal process is coordinated by the Company’s Emergency Response Team.

Route
Flight no: SWN 294
Route: Oslo – Tromsö
Crew members on board: 2
Type of freight: General freight / Post

Aircraft
Registration: SE-DUX
Aircraft Type: Bombardier CRJ200 PF
Year of manufacture: 1993
Manufacturer’s serial number: 7010
Hours flown since manufactured: 38 601:49
Total flight cycles since manufactured: 31 036

West Atlantic Sweden AB has operated the aircraft since 2007 and flown approximately 10,000 hours.

Crew
Age: Captain 42, First Officer 34
Employed with the company: 2011 and 2008
Flight hours: Captain 2 050 hours on type, total hours 3 173
First officer: 900 hours on type, total hours 3 050

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer/AirlinersGallery.com. SE-DUX arrives at Oslo before the tragic accident.

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West Atlantic (West Air Sweden) receives its Chilean AOC to operate this CRJ200 freighter for Rio Baker

Rio Baker Cargo Airlines (Antofagasta) is the cargo division of Rio Baker. Rio Baker is an FBO and air taxi company based at Cerro Moreno Airport in Antofagasta. Until the arrival of this CRJ200 freighter, Rio Baker only had a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain and a Lance as a fleet.

Rio Baker is wet leasing Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200LR (PF) (CL-600-2B19) freighter SE-RIF (msn 7142) from West Atlantic (Gothenburg).

The CRJ200 will be used to support the aviation needs of the mining companies of northern Chile.

West Atlantic (West Air Sweden) received its Chilean AOC (Air Operator Certificate) on April 5, 2012. The local DGAC (General Directorate for Civil Aviation) issued this AOC to allow West Atlantic to operate SE-RIF in Chile for Rio Baker. SE-RIF’s operational base will be Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport where its pictured landing.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

West Atlantic to take delivery of the first A320 freighter

Copyright Photo: Gordon Stretch. West Atlantic now operates a fleet of 33 BAe ATP freighters.

West Atlantic (Gothenburg) will become the first operator of the converted Airbus A320 freighter. AerCap Holdings N.V. has announced that it has placed the first converted Airbus A320 freighter from its fleet on lease with European cargo operator West Atlantic. These aircraft are part of a passenger to freighter (P2F) conversion project for up to thirty A320 aircraft that AerCap agreed with Airbus Freighter Conversions (AFC) in 2008.

Under the lease agreement between AerCap and West Atlantic, which is subject to finalization of terms and conditions, West Atlantic will become launch operator for the A320 P2Fs by taking an initial three aircraft on lease from AerCap with deliveries between 2012 and mid-2013, with the option of a further four aircraft by 2015.

AerCap, AerCap’s subsidiary AeroTurbine and AFC will provide certain spares, crew training and line support to West Atlantic for facilitating the entry of the converted aircraft into service.

West Atlantic was created in 2008 with the merger of West Air Europe (Sweden), West Air Europe (Luxembourg) and Atlantic Airlines (UK).

World Atlantic Airlines starts its certification process

World Atlantic Airlines (Miami) on September 10 started its FAA proving flights, hopefully leading to its AOC and Part 121 certification. The new charter airline plans to operate for federal agencies.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. The first aircraft for the new company is this ex-Alaska Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N802WA (msn 53052).

West Air Europe+Atlantic Airlines = West Atlantic

 

Pictured at Coventry, ATP G-BTPH (msn 2015) is basically painted in United Express' 1993 colors with a new logo and West Atlantic titles.  Copyright Photo: Gordon Stretch.

Pictured at Coventry, ATP G-BTPH (msn 2015) is basically painted in United Express' 1993 colors with a new logo and West Atlantic titles. Copyright Photo: Gordon Stretch.

West Air Europe (Gothenburg) and Atlantic Airlines (Coventry) announced in October 2008 they would merge to form West Atlantic Airlines (Gothenburg). ATP G-BTPH (msn 2015) now spots new titles and logo.