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Published on August 12th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer

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GECAS Orders More Boeing 737-800BCF Freighters

Shannon based GECAS has signed an agreement with Boeing to convert eleven Boeing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) options to firm orders and adding nine additional options to the GECAS Cargo order book. This agreement marks a repeat order by GECAS for the Boeing 737-800BCF, bringing their total order book for the type to 74 (60 firm and 14 options) since the narrowbody conversion program was announced in 2016. The 20 in this agreement are scheduled to complete conversions between 2022 and 2024. Speaking as the deal was made public Richard Greener, SVP and Manager, GECAS Cargo said “We are very pleased to expand our orderbook for the 737-800BCF with Boeing. The versatility and reliability of these freighters is appealing to our air cargo customers, not to mention the greater efficiency, lower operational costs and better environmental credentials for the growing express and E commerce cargo market”.

Currently, Boeing has delivered 23 of the converted 737-800 next-generation (NG) freighters to GECAS for its leasing customers. The 737-800BCF carries more payload, up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 lbs), and has longer range – 2,000 nmi (3,750 km) than other standard-body freighters which provides capability to open new markets. The 737-800BCF freighter also offers operators newer technology, lower fuel consumption and better reliability than standard-body freighters. GECAS Cargo has more than 25 years’ experience in freighter leasing, including Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions, with more than 80 successful conversions. This announcement brings the GECAS orders and options for converted cargo aircraft to more than 100. GECAS Cargo was the launch customer for both the Boeing and AEI Aeronautical Engineers 737-800 conversion programs, providing the prototype aircraft for each program.

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