February 11, 2020: The lessor, BBAM, has ordered three 737-800 converted freighters from Boeing. BBAM has chosen the Boeing converted freighters (BCF) program to convert three airplanes in its existing fleet to serve the growing e-commerce and express sector of the air cargo market.
“The 737-800 is an integral part of BBAM’s managed fleet of commercial passenger jet aircraft, and we see strong interest from our customers in the standard-body freighter. We chose Boeing’s conversion program because we believe it maximizes the platform’s capability and reliability,” said Steve Zissis, president and CEO of BBAM.
The 737-800BCF carries up to 52,800 pounds (23.9 metric tons) of payload with excellent operating economics to maximize operators’ profits. Since entering service in 2018, the 737-800BCF has won 130 orders and commitments.
2,820 freighters will enter the global fleet to meet market demand, including 1,220 standard-body passenger-to-freighter conversions, according to the Boeing Commercial Market Outlook. Boeing has also announced plans to add a 737-800BCF production line at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Ltd. (GAMECO) this summer.