Freight GECAS confirms order for 11 737-800 Freighters

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has announced, that it has ordered 11 converted Boeing 737-800 Freighter.

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GECAS and Boeing have announced, that the companies have signed an agreement that sees 11 Boeing 737-800 Freighters being ordered by the GE subsidiary. The order comes from 11 purchase rights that now have been converted to firm orders. This latest order also includes additional purchase options for nine aircraft.

With this deal, GECAS´ orderbook for the 737-800BCF is 74 aircraft strong (60 firm orders and 14 purchase options). Boeing launched the BCF program for the 737-800 back in 2016 and the first 20 of the ordered aircraft are expected to complete conversion between 2022 and 2024.

About this deal, Richard Greener, SVP and Manager at GECAS Cargo said: “We are very pleased to expand our orderbook for the 737-800BCF with Boeing [...] The versatility and reliability of these freighters is appealing to our air cargo customers, not to mention the greater efficiency, lower operational costs and better environmental credentials for the growing express and E commerce cargo market.”

Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company added: “It is an honour to extend our strong partnership with GECAS as they place their third repeat order for the 737-800BCF. GECAS is renowned for providing great freighter solutions and this order is another testament to the 737-800BCF’s ability to extend the life of an airplane and help cargo carriers reduce operating costs [...] The marketplace continues to prove that the 737-800BCF is the ideal standard body freighter to meet the growing demand in e-commerce and express cargo today and in the future.”

In total, Boeing has delivered 23 of the converted 737-800 freighters to GECAS for its leasing customers. Compared to other converted Boeing freighters, the 737-800 carries more payload with up to 23.9 tonnes and also has a longer range with 3,750km.

This allows operators to fly to new destinations and new markets. While having these advantages, the aircraft is also more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. With new technologies onboard, the 737-800BCF is also said to be more reliably than aging freighter aircraft.

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