Boeing announced this week that an undisclosed customer has placed a firm order for two 737-800BCF (Boeing Converted Freighters) aircraft, pushing total orders and commitments for the aircraft to 134. Boeing also announced that due to strong market demand, it has secured agreements to open a new 737-800BCF conversion line at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) in Guangzhou, China, and an additional conversion line for the widebody 767-300BCF converted freighter at ST Engineering’s facility in Singapore.
A Better Freighter
The 737-800BCF is based on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737. Compared to other standard freighters, Boeing says the aircraft offers newer technologies, better fuel consumption, and higher reliability. Used primarily to haul express cargo, the 737-800BCF has a 26.4-ton (23.9-metric-ton) carrying capacity and 2,000-nautical-mile (3,704-kilometer) flight range. Boeing’s freight family includes production and converted freighters in standard-body, medium-widebody, and large models. The company claims its freighter family supports more than 90% of the world’s freighter capacity.
The new 737-800BCF line in Guangzhou is set to open in early 2021, and it will represent GAMECO’s second MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) conversion line for the airplane, of which Boeing has delivered 36 units to 10-plus operators worldwide. The second conversion line for the 767-300BCF in Singapore, meanwhile, is to open later this year.
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Posted On: 9/23/2020 11:27:34 AM