Boeing 737 News
GECAS orders ten 737-800BCF freighters
- 17 June 2019 —
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has exercised ten purchase rights for Boeing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters to firm orders at the Paris Air Show 2019. It also added new purchase rights for fifteen more 737-800BCFs.
The order is the third time that GECAS purchases Boeing's newest freighter since the programme was announced in 2016. GECAS is the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric. It has now a total of 65 orders and options for 737-800BCF passenger-to-freighter conversions.
The 737-800BCF makes its air show debut at Le Bourget this week with an aircraft painted in the livery of Amazon.com's airline Prime Air. The 737-800BCF offers operators newer technology, lower fuel consumption and better reliability than earlier standard-body freighters. It is primarily used to carry express cargo on domestic / short haul routes.
Converted Next-Generation 737s carry more payload – up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 lbs) – and fly farther – 2,000 nautical miles (3,750 km) – than older standard-body freighters. Boeing delivered the first in-service 737-800BCF to GECAS leasing customer West Atlantic AB last year. So far, Boeing has delivered 14 737-800BCFs. (Image: Boeing)