During this week’s Dubai Air Show 2023, Boeing announced that Oman Air had taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 BCF.
This article will cover the details surrounding Oman Air’s first Boeing 737-800 BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) joining their fleet.
Oman Air’s First 737 BCF
Joining Oman Air’s fleet, this new Boeing 737-800 BCF becomes the flag carriers’ first dedicated cargo aircraft, which will operate under the Oman Air Cargo arm.
The new 737 BCF joins the carrier’s fleet of seven Boeing 737-800s, five Boeing 737-900ERs (Extended Range), and 13 Boeing 737 MAX 8s. The carrier also operates four Airbus A330-200s, six Airbus A330-300s
However, it is worth noting that this first 737 BCF is not a new frame for the carrier, it is ex A4O-BU, a frame that was used by the carrier for passenger services since 2008.
During the first half (H1) of 2023, Oman Air Cargo saw an increase of 42% in cargo volumes driven primarily by the carrier using its capacity across its passenger aircraft.
The addition of their new Boeing 737 BCF will provide the carrier with extra capacity of up to 23.9 tonnes per flight up to a range of 3,750 kilometers helping to contribute to the carrier’s cargo division growth.
Oman Air commented on their latest fleet addition and first dedicated freighter aircraft, saying, “The freighter will contribute to the growth of the air cargo logistics sector in Oman and beyond, will be based at our strategically located Muscat hub and will enhance our ability to connect East and West.”
Adding to the carriers’ comments, Boeing’s Vice President of Commercial Modifications, Kate Schaefer, says, “The 737-800BCF brings the right payload and range to complement Oman Air’s passenger fleet with dedicated cargo capacity.”
“We are honored to partner with Oman Air Cargo to support their operation with a proven and reliable freighter.”
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