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SpiceXpress adds its first Boeing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter

Boeing has made this announcement:

SpiceXpress, SpiceJet’s cargo division, has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) as the India-based carrier expands its air cargo operation to better serve one of the world’s most populated regions and offer new route options.

The standard-body freighter, which is the first 737-800BCF to be operated in South Asia, is on lease from NGF Alpha Limited, a division of Spectre Cargo Solutions.

The 737-800BCF entered service last year and its order book has grown quickly to 120 orders and commitments. The program has ramped up production – with output set to more than double to 17 units in 2019 – to meet the customer demand.

SpiceXpress, the dedicated air cargo arm of SpiceJet has nine scheduled departures six days a week to Hong Kong from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati and one domestic rotation connecting Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. SpiceXpress has also operated numerous charter services to international destinations such as Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Teheran, Sulaimaniyah (Iraq), Bosaso (Somalia) & Hargeisa (Somali Land) besides helping transport relief material to Bhubaneshwar during Cyclone Fani.

GECAS orders 10 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters, adds 15 options

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) signed an agreement with Boeing at the Paris Air Show exercising 10 purchase rights to firm orders and adding 15 more purchase rights for the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).

The 737-800BCF, which is making its air show debut at Le Bourget this week, is Boeing’s newest freighter product. The company converts Next-Generation 737 passenger airplanes into cargo jets that are capable of carrying more payload – up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 lbs) – and flying farther – 2,000 nautical miles (3,750 km) – than previous standard-body freighters.

Today’s order is the third time that GECAS has purchased Boeing’s newest freighter since the program was announced in 2016. GECAS, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric [NYSE: GE], now has 65 orders and options for the 737-800BCF.

Boeing delivered the first in-service 737-800BCF to GECAS leasing customer West Atlantic AB last year. Boeing has delivered 14 737-800BCFs to date.

Photo: GECAS.

Atran Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-800BCF

Atran Airlines, the Russian air express carrier within Volga-Dnepr Group, has enlarged its fleet with the delivery of its first Boeing 737-800BCF (VQ-BFS), increasing its total number of freighters to five. 

Having successfully completed certification of the Boeing 737-800BCF in Russia, the airline will be the first to operate this type of freighter, enabling Atran’s customers to benefit from its enhanced operational capabilities and more solutions for cargo deliveries. 

The additional airplane will boost the carrier’s capacity and guarantee a wider choice of logistics solutions for its customers linking routes between Russia, the CIS and Europe. The freighter has already operated its first flights from Moscow (Vnukovo) to Norilsk and Yakutsk carrying much-needed essential consumer goods for the population of the Siberian and Far Eastern parts of Russia, including perishables, general cargo and e-commerce shipments. 

In addition to accommodating 11 standard aviation pallets (2235×3175 mm) and containers in the cargo compartment, the Boeing 737-800BCF incorporates a reconfigurable cargo handling system which can be easily adjusted for various types of ULDs. Its advanced technical characteristics, together with ICAO Stage 4 noise certification, make it an ideal aircraft for European short and medium-haul cargo operations, enabling easy and seamless deliveries of express and mail consignments.

The Boeing 737-800BCF is a newcomer to Volga-Dnepr Group and complements its existing fleet of An-124-100, Il-76TD-90VD, Boeing 747F and Boeing 737-400F, therefore expanding the Group’s airfreight solutions.

Photo: Atman Airlines.

Route Map: Currently, the Atran’s regular service route network includes such major hub airports as Cologne/Bonn, Liege, Stockholm (Arlanda) and Moscow (Vnukovo) providing daily scheduled flights five times a week, with the timeliness of more than 98%.

Photo of the Day: The first Boeing 737-800BCF for West Atlantic in FedEx Express livery

Boeing has released this photo:

Exciting to see the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter opening new doors for operators, particularly express cargo carriers. Operated by GECAS leasing customer West Atlantic, this 737-800 — the first BCF in FedEx Express livery — is preparing for its maiden revenue flight.