LONDON – On May 10, it has been announced that Texel Air has placed an order for two additional Boeing 737 freighter aircraft.
The aircraft in question is the Boeing 737-800BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter), which is relatively new to the freighter market with the slow phasing out of older Boeing 737-300 and 400 freighter aircraft.
At present Texel Air has only one Boeing 737-800 BCF in its fleet, however, it originally signed an agreement for two of the type in late 2021, of which it subsequently took delivery of its first of those two back in January 2022.
The new order for an additional two Boeing 737-800 BCFs, will bring their total 737-800 BCF fleet to four once all have been delivered.
Commenting on the new order, Chief Executive Officer of Chisholm Enterprises and Texel Air, George Chisholm said:
“Our customers have responded very positively to the operation, performance, and capabilities of the first 737-800 BCF, which we began operating this year.”
“This initial response boosted our confidence in the product, and we decided to add two more BCFs to our fleet to help us meet our ever-increasing demand. Through the 737-800 BCF we have been able to expand our destinations and increase our payload.”
In line with Chisholm’s comments, it is clear that the Boeing 737-800 BCF is proving to be a great hit for Texel Air and its customers.
With a payload capacity of up to 23.9 tonnes or 52,800 pounds and a range of up to 2,025 nautical miles, far greater than its older predecessors, the 737-300 and 400 freighters.
Jens Steinhagen, Director of Boeing Converted Freighters also added, “Texel Air’s early experience with the 737-800 BCF is a testament to the versatility and efficiency of the freighter.”
“We are pleased to provide Texel Air with an additional two 737-800 BCF – the freighter capacity it requires to capture growth opportunities in the region with a capable, higher-payload freighter.”
Who is Texel Air?
Texel Air is a Bahrain-based cargo operator a part of Chisholm Enterprises. They were established back in 2013 and specialize in ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance), cargo chartering as well as having an aircraft maintenance and repair MRO.
As part of their business model, they have obtained line maintenance approvals from the EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) and both line and base approvals from the BCAA (Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs).
Alongside its currently one 737-800 BCF, Texel Air also operates one Boeing 737-300SF (Special Freighter) and two Boeing 737-700FCs, an aircraft that can be easily converted for either passenger or cargo use in seven different ways.
The 737-700FCs are relatively new to Texel Air, having only taken delivery of their first one back in September 2020 after the aircraft underwent conversion by PEMCO World Air Services based out of Tampa in Florida, U.S.
The seven ways that the 737-700FC can be converted from full-cargo to a combination layout seating up to 24 passengers in economy class seats, eight business class seats, or a mix of them all.