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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.

YTO Airlines to acquire Boeing-converted 737-800 freighters

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YTO AIrlines (YTO Express) (Hangzhou) is a new Chinese airline proposing to add Boeing-converted 737-800 freighters. The new airline is planning to finalize an order for 15 Boeing 737-800BCFs.

The new airline commenced cargo operations on September 26, 2015 from Hangzhou to Chengdu with a Boeing 737-300F freighter (737-36Q (SF) B-2505, msn 28657) leased from Donghai Airlines.

Boeing has issued this statement:

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Boeing is extremely pleased to enter into an agreement with YTO Airlines to provide the airline with 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCFs) pending a planned program launch.

“We are honored that YTO Airlines has chosen to partner with Boeing as it expands its operations and freighter fleet,” said Rick Anderson, vice president of sales, Commercial Aviation Services. “We are confident the 737-800BCF—with its more advanced avionics, better fuel efficiency and lower operating costs—will provide the airline with a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

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Image Above: Boeing.

The 737-800 will be the first Next-Generation 737 that Boeing offers for conversion. Through its 737 freighter conversion program, Boeing will support customers in the narrow-body freighter market, a segment of the freighter market growing quickly around the world.

YTO Airlines is a Hangzhou-based Chinese express cargo carrier backed by Shanghai YTO Express Investment (Group) Co., Ltd. The carrier currently operates a fleet of Boeing 737-300F airplanes, providing domestic and international air cargo services.

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GECAS to convert up to 20 Boeing 737-800 passenger aircraft to freighters

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GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the aviation leasing and financing arm of GE, today (June 19) announced the launch of its 737-800NG passenger-to-freighter conversion program.

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GECAS plans to convert up to 20 of its Boeing 737-800NG passenger aircraft to freighters (above).

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AEI Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. will perform the conversions at its facilities in the U.S. and China. The first aircraft is scheduled for conversion starting in 2016 in order to earn FAA supplemental type certification (STC) in 2017 and subsequently enter service as a leased freighter.

Formed in 2000, GECAS’ Cargo Aircraft Group currently leases nearly 100 freighters to airline customers worldwide. Its fleet includes the 737, 767, 747 and 777 freighter models. In 2001, GECAS announced plans to convert Boeing 737-300 and -400 aircraft from its portfolio to freighter aircraft. In 2002, the passenger-to-freighter program expanded to include Boeing 767-200 models. In 2005, GECAS began converting Boeing 747-400s to freighters. In total, GECAS has leased over 60 converted freighters to air cargo carriers worldwide to help them expand or modernize their fleets.

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All images by GECAS and AEI.

AEI already converts the Boeing 737-400 to freighters:

AEI 737-400F freighter conversion data sheet (AEI)