LONDON – AerCap cargo, which is one of the largest lessors of the 737-800BCF announced that they have received the 100th 737 BCF delivered from Boeing. The Irish company thanked the rise in e-commerce which fuels the demand for air cargo and hence the need for newer aircraft.
Boeing Hits Market Demmand
Boeing and Aercap have announced a very important milestone as they have delivered the 100th contracted 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to AeroCap, an Irish aircraft leasing company, and is one of the largest in the world.
The 100th 737-800 was recently converted at Boeung Shanghai Aviation Services Co.Ltd or BSAS, which houses the first ever 737-800BCF conversion house.
GOL Linhas Aereas is one happy customer from AerCAP Cargo. The Brazilian airline touts the growth in e-commerce and logistics in the region to justify adding a 737BCF. GOL’s logistics business GOLLOG will be operating the converted Boeing 737.
Rich Greener, Head of AerCap Cargo said: “We are delighted to be a part of this significant milestone with our partners at Boeing.”
“Since launching the 737-800BCF program with Boeing in 2016, the e-commerce market has grown at a phenomenal rate with increased demand from e-commerce retail businesses. Thanks to its versatility and reliability, the 737-800BCF is becoming the workhorse for express air cargo and e-commerce networks.”
737-800BCF Favourite For AerCap
The Irish leasing company 2016 was the launch company of Boeing’s 737-800BCF program. As of today, AerCap Cargo has the biggest fleet of converted narrowbody with 65 firm orders and nine options.
Kate Schaefer, vice president of Boeing’s Commercial Modifications, Engineering & Specialty Products business: “We are honoured to celebrate this milestone with AerCap Cargo, a customer that has been an integral part of the 737-800BCF program’s success since program launch.”
“Across five continents, our customers’ 737-800BCF utilization hours are far surpassing those of the previous generation fleet. It’s a testament to the important role these freighters play in unlocking market opportunities for our air cargo operators and their customers.”
Since the program launch, BSAS has added a second conversion line for the 737-800BCF. It is now one of five global sites in three countries with 737-800BCF conversion capacity.
With up to 20% lower fuel use and CO2 emissions per tonne, 737-800BCF operators are carrying more payload with less fuel. The in-service 737-800BCF fleet has already logged more than 70,000 flights, with average utilization of 7 hours per day, more than double the typical utilization of older generation freighters in the same size category.
The 737-800BCF is the market leader with more than 250 orders and commitments from over 20 customers.
About AerCapAerCap, an Irish company has more than a quarter of a century of experience in freighter leasing, including cargo and passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions. Most AerCap’s customers are well-known and are respected cargo operators, with some of its Cargo’s 737-800BCF customers including West Atlantic Group, Amazon Air, GOL and Kargo Xpress.