The first B737-800BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Boeing announced on April 12, 2018. The aircraft will be operated by West Atlantic Airlines.

Boeing’s announcement of the the 737-800BCF certification by EASA and the FAA came via Twitter.

Sweden-based cargo carrier West Atlantic will be the launch customer, set to take delivery of four 737-800BCFs from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) from second quarter of 2018, CAPA reports.

The 737-800BCF has maximum revenue payload and range capability, able to carry up to 23 tons of revenue payload with a maximum range of 3,700 km (2,000nm).

The freighter can also offer 3 to 5% fuel savings on medium to long range routes, making it more fuel efficient than the classic 737 freighters, as well as more versatile in range.

Speaking in 2014, Dan da Silva, Vice President of Modification and Conversion Services at Boeing, described the 737-800BCF as possibly the simplest conversion the manufacturer has ever done.

Boeing is also considering the 737-900ER BCF, but not until the 2020s. The conversion could potentially allow higher payloads than the 737-800BCF, getting somewhat closer to the 757-200SF, said da Silva.

The Boeing freighter family consists of the new 737-800BCF, the 767-300BCF, the high-volume 747-8F, the long-range 777F, and the 767F.