ASL Airlines operates first revenue flight with B737-800BCF Freighter

An ASL Airlines United Kingdom 737 freighter in flight.
Photo Credit: ASL Airlines United Kingdom

ASL Airlines United Kingdom (ASLUK) has marked a significant milestone following the introduction of its first B737-800BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) aircraft.

The newly added aircraft, registered as G-OHJK and bearing the manufacturer serial number (MSN) 35701, carried out its maiden revenue service from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to East Midlands and Belfast International (BFS).

This latest addition now joins the existing ATR72-200 aircraft (G-OASL) in the ASLUK fleet, and will now see operational service five days a week.

B737 freighter enters operational service

The B737-800BCF represents a notable upgrade for ASLUK, offering enhanced capabilities and improved operational efficiency.

The aircraft will be deployed five days a week on ASLUK’s extensive network across the United Kingdom and Europe, serving key destinations such as CDG, EMA, and BFS.

ASL Aviation Holdings, in line with its fleet renewal program, has acquired the B737-800BCF as part of its ongoing efforts to improve reliability and reduce fuel consumption and operating costs per flight.

These advancements enable ASLUK to offer superior services to its customers while ensuring economic sustainability.

With a cargo capacity of up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 pounds) and an impressive range of 3,750 kilometers (2,025 nautical miles), the B737-800BCF is specifically designed to transport excess cargo and e-commerce freight.


Notably, the aircraft emits 15% fewer emissions compared to earlier versions of the B737, aligning with ASL’s dedication to sustainability and its ambitious goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Airline comments

John Rawl, the Managing Director of ASL Airlines United Kingdom, expressed his enthusiasm about the arrival of the first B737-800BCF. He stated, “We are thrilled to welcome our inaugural B737-800BCF aircraft.”

“This milestone underlines our confidence in the future of ASLUK and represents a significant step forward as we continue to expand and strengthen our UK airline.”

“The addition of this new aircraft enhances our capabilities and reaffirms our commitment to providing high-quality and reliable services across our extensive cargo network.”

About ASL Airlines United Kingdom 

ASL Airlines United Kingdom, headquartered at East Midlands Airport, obtained its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and Operating Licence from the UK Civil Aviation Authority in 2021.

It was in fact the first fixed wing operator to receive an AOC from the CAA after Brexit, when the United Kingdom left the European Union.

ASL Airlines UK is closely aligned with ASL Airlines Ireland using common standard operating procedures and shared support services.

This association forms part of ASL Group’s programme to harmonise its operations, removing unnecessary duplication of services and creating ‘centres of excellence’ to provide a better service to all customers.


The introduction of ASLUK’s first B737-800BCF aircraft marks an exciting chapter for the airline as it aims to enhance its cargo transportation services. T

he addition of this advanced aircraft not only improves operational efficiency but also aligns with ASL’s sustainability objectives.

ASLUK’s commitment to providing reliable and high-quality services bodes well, as the new carrier positions itself in the air cargo industry.

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