Oman Air takes delivery of first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter
Dedicated freighter to contribute to Oman Air's cargo growth strategy
Boeing and Oman Air announced an order and delivery of the operator's first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).
The order is the first dedicated cargo aircraft for the Muscat-based carrier, says a release from Boeing.
"Oman Air Cargo saw its cargo volume increase 42 percent during the first half of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022, driven primarily by capacity expansion across its passenger airplane fleet. With the ability to carry up to 23.9 tonnes of freight at a range of 3,750 km, the 737-800BCF will contribute to continued capacity growth."
Oman Air says: "The freighter will contribute to the growth of the air cargo logistics sector in Oman and beyond, will be based at our strategically located Muscat hub and will enhance our ability to connect East and West."
Built on one of the industry's most efficient and reliable platforms, the 737-800BCF is designed for customers who are responding to increased cargo demand, optimising fleets or replacing older freighters. Compared to the previous generation of standard-body freighters, the fuel efficient 737-800BCF has up to 20 percent lower fuel use and CO2 emissions per tonne, the release added.
"The 737-800BCF brings the right payload and range to complement Oman Air's passenger fleet with dedicated cargo capacity," says Kate Schaefer, Vice President, Commercial Modifications, Boeing. "We are honoured to partner with Oman Air Cargo to support their operation with a proven and reliable freighter."
Touch labour for the freighter conversion was completed at Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. (STAECO), the release added.