Freight West Atlantic receives first converted B737-800 Freighter

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The Coventry-based cargo airline West Atlantic has taken delivery of the first ever converted Boeing 737-800BCF Freighter.

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As West Atlantic Group CEO Fredrik Groth confirmed to AVIPEO.COM, the first ever Boeing 737-800 Freighter will enter into service in the next weeks. The cargo carrier will start operations with the new aircraft from its major UK hub at East Midlands Airport.

The 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter is equipped with CFM56-7B engines, and can carry up to 23.9 tons of cargo with 12 main deck positions over 2,000 nautical miles.

The West Atlantic Group has signed a leasing agreement for four B737-800 Freighters from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) in 2017. The remaining three aircraft will arrive in the next months.

According to Planespotters.net, the delivered aircraft entered into passenger operations in 2004 and flew for several airlines, including Primera Air, Travel Service and Spicejet.

“We’re excited to be the first operator of the 737-800BCF” stated West Atlantic’s CEO, Fredrik Groth, adding “The additional capacity and Next Generation efficiency offered by this new aircraft will deliver real benefit to our customers and we’re delighted to be at the forefront of deliveries of this new technology. The 737-800BCF will be an enabler for us to make a leap in reliability, capacity, and ability to expand in areas of the world away from our traditional markets, such as Asia.” 

According to its website, the West Atlantic Group with its subsidiaries in Luxembourg and Sweden operates a mixed fleet with over 50 aircraft, including Boeing 737-300F, B737-400F, Bombardier CRJ200-PF, Boeing 767-200SF and British Aerospace ATP-F.

Source © AVIPEO.COM

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