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 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.

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