Boeing delivers 100th 737-800 BCF order to AerCap

AerCap Cargo was the first BCF customer, and is the largest lessor of the 737-800BCF.

Boeing delivers 100th 737-800 BCF order to AerCap

NYSE-listed Boeing and AerCap today announced the milestone delivery of the 100th contracted 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to the world's largest lessor AerCap.

"The 100th 737-800BCF was converted at Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co. Ltd (BSAS), home to the first 737-800BCF conversion line," says a release from Boeing.

AerCap Cargo has leased the aircraft to GOL Linhas Aéreas as part of the growth strategy and logistics solution of GOLLOG, GOL´s logistics business unit, the release added. 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," says Rich Greener, Head, AerCap Cargo. "Since launching the 737-800BCF programme 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."

AerCap Cargo was the launch customer for Boeing's 737-800BCF programme in 2016. AerCap Cargo has the largest fleet of 737-800BCFs with 65 firm orders and nine options.

"We are honored to celebrate this milestone with AerCap Cargo, a customer that has been an integral part of the 737-800BCF program's success since program launch," says Kate Schaefer, vice president, Boeing's Commercial Modifications, Engineering & Specialty Products business. "Across five continents, our customers' 737-800BCF utilisation hours are far surpassing those of the previous generation fleet. It's a testament to the important role these freighters play in unlocking market opportunities for our air cargo operators and their customers."

With up to 20 percent lower fuel use and CO2 emissions per tonne, 737-800BCF operators are carrying more payload with less fuel, the release said. "The in-service 737-800BCF fleet has already logged more than 70,000 flights with average utilisation of seven hours per day, more than double the typical utilisation of older generation freighters in the same size category."

BSAS has added a second conversion line for the 737-800BCF, and is now one of five global sites in three countries with 737-800BCF conversion capacity, the release added.

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