GECAS Takes Delivery of First Boeing 737-800 Freighter
APR 20, 2018 - 6:16 am
Boeing delivered 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.
“We are very proud to be the launch customer for the 737-800 BCF, and pleased to supply this inaugural aircraft to West Atlantic,” said Richard Greener, GECAS’ senior vice president and manager, Cargo Aircraft Group. “This freighter type is an important complement to our portfolio as we support our customers across expanding air cargo markets.”
“We’re excited to be the first operator of the 737-800BCF,” said Fredrik Groth, West Atlantic’s chief executive. “The additional capacity and next-generation efficiency offered by this new aircraft will deliver real benefit to our customers and we’re delighted to be at the forefront of deliveries of this new technology. With the 737-800 BCF, we expect to improve reliability, lower aircraft operating costs and provide a better environmental footprint.”
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.
“The 737-800BCF brings customers the next generation of freighters,” said Mike Fleming, vice president of Commercial Services for Boeing Global Services. “For the first time, operators get one-stop shop support throughout the lifecycle of a standard-body freighter – originally manufactured by Boeing, converted by Boeing, and supported by Boeing.”
Through its freighter conversion program, Boeing transitions passenger airplanes into freighters, extending the service life of the airplane.
For the 737-800BCF, Boeing has received 45 orders and commitments, from seven customers.
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