American aircraft manufacturer Boeing recently celebrated a milestone delivery, announcing that it had recently delivered the 100th contracted 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to the world’s largest lessor, AerCap.
The 100th 737-800BCF aircraft was converted at Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co. Ltd., (BSAS), where the first 737-800BCF conversion line was made.
AerCap and @Boeing celebrate the milestone delivery of the 100th contracted 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter. The aircraft was converted at Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co. Ltd. and will be leased to @VoeGOLoficial. https://t.co/jM3vXz1CJ1 #aviationfinance pic.twitter.com/QeBKp0Re20— AerCap (@AerCapNV) September 27, 2022
AerCap also announced that it has leased the aircraft to GOL Linhas Aéreas as part of the growth strategy and logistics solution of GOLLOG, GOL´s logistics business unit. GOL will operate the freighter for a Latin American e-commerce company.
“We are delighted to be a part of this significant milestone with our partners at Boeing,” Rich Greener, head of AerCap Cargo, said in a statement.
Greener added: “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.”
Dublin-based AerCap Cargo was the launch customer for Boeing’s 737-800BCF program in 2016. Today, AerCap Cargo has the largest fleet of 737-800BCFs with 65 firm orders and nine options.
Boeing said 737-800BCF operators can carry more payload with less fuel due to the aircraft’s 20% lower fuel use and CO2 emissions per tonne compared to older generation aircraft.
According to Boeing, the 737-800BCF currently has more than 250 orders and commitments from over 20 customers.