The first customer of 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) is GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) as Boeing announced of the delivery of it on the 19th instant. The freighter will be operated by West Atlantic Group, based in Sweden. West Atlantic has ordered four 737-800 aircraft within the next 11 months and, once delivered, the company will operate 23 Boeing 737 freighter aircraft.
Boeing has received 45 orders and commitments, from seven customers including: YTO Airlines, based in Hangzhou, China; China Postal Airlines, based in Beijing, China; GECAS, based in Ireland; Air Algerie, based in Algiers, Algeria; LAS Cargo, based in Bogota, Colombia; Cargo Air, based in Sophia, Bulgaria ; and an unannounced customer.
The 737-800BCF freighter offers lower fuel consumption and better reliability than other standard-body freighters. Primarily it will be used to carry express cargo on domestic / short haul routes. The 737-800BCF also carries payload – up to 23.9 tonnes and has longer range (3,750 km) than other standard-body freighters.