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Published on February 16th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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ASL Aviation Exercise 10 Options for the Boeing 737-800BCF

ASL Aviation Holdings have announced that they will exercise ten options for the Boeing 737-800BCF. The ASL Aviation Group based in Swords, Co. Dublin had announced an order with Boeing for an initial ten Boeing 737-800BCF with options for a further ten at the 2019 Paris Air Show. The first Boeing 737-800BCF aircraft for ASL from this order was delivered and entered service last month with ASL Airlines France. The first aircraft was a 2007 build aircraft, initially for Ryanair where it spent seven years before being leased to Pegasus Airlines in Turkey. It was converted to a -800BCF in late 2020 and delivered to ASL Airlines France as F-HIQB (c/n 33641). The second aircraft will be accepted by ASL’s joint-venture airline, K-Mile Asia this month and is expected to enter service in early April from its Bangkok Suvarnabhumi base. This will be the first Boeing 737-800BCF registered in Thailand. Four aircraft are currently under conversion, and another two aircraft are due for induction in the coming weeks.

Speaking as the deal for the options was confirmed, ASL Aviation Holdings Chief Executive, Dave Andrew said “The performance and reliability of the 737-800BCF make it the perfect fit for our combined fleet renewal and growth programmes and so we have moved to confirm our 10 options earlier than planned. The aircraft offers an excellent option for our express cargo customers as they develop their networks to meet demand in the years ahead. It is ‘right-sized’ in payload and range and offers the improved carbon efficiency that ASL and our customers see as an essential element in fleet planning as we aim for future carbon neutrality.”

Based on the popular Next-Generation 737, the Boeing 737-800BCF is meeting customer demand for a newer-generation freighter that offers higher reliability and lower fuel consumption and operating costs per trip compared to other standard body freighters. The 737-800BCF is up to 15% more fuel efficient and has lower CO2 per tonne than the 737-400SF. Primarily used to carry express cargo on domestic or short-haul routes, the airplane is capable of carrying up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 pounds) and flying up to 3,750km’s (2,025 nautical miles).

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