GECAS plans to convert further 30 737-800s to freighters

<p style="text-align: justify;">Jun 22, 2017: <a title="GE Capital Aviation Services" href="http://www.ge.com/" target="_blank">GE Capital Aviation Services</a> (GECAS), a world leader in aviation leasing and financing, is planning to convert a further 30 Boeing 737-800s into freighters.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">GECAS launched the 737-800 freighter programme with Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) in 2015 and <a title="Boeing" href="http://www.boeing.com/" target="_blank">Boeing</a> in […]

GECAS plans to convert further 30 737-800s to freighters
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<p style="text-align: justify;">Jun 22, 2017: <a title="GE Capital Aviation Services" href="http://www.ge.com/" target="_blank">GE Capital Aviation Services</a> (GECAS), a world leader in aviation leasing and financing, is planning to convert a further 30 Boeing 737-800s into freighters.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">GECAS launched the 737-800 freighter programme with Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) in 2015 and <a title="Boeing" href="http://www.boeing.com/" target="_blank">Boeing</a> in 2016. Since then GECAS has provided each programme with a prototype aircraft for modification at separate conversion facilities in Miami and Shanghai.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">All the feedstock aircraft will come from GECAS’ existing portfolio and converted when the aircraft end their current passenger leases from 2018 onward. GECAS currently owns approximately 220 passenger 737-800s that are distributed across 25 countries.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The ASL Group and West Atlantic Group have already become GECAS customers for the 737-800 freighter with deliveries occurring from the beginning of 2018 through 2019.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“We believe the 737-800 freighter will become an important express freighter for the 20-25 tonne air cargo market. GECAS looks forward to supporting operators to meet the demand from this sector,” stated Richard Greener, SVP & manager Cargo. </p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The Next-Generation 737-800 freighter will be equipped with CFM56-7B engines, carry up to 23.9 tonnes of cargo with 12 main deck positions over 2,000 nautical miles.</p>

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