Published on March 13th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer0
50th Boeing 737BCF Delivered to ASL Group
Main photo above by Malcolm Nason.
The 50th Boeing 737BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) has been delivered to Irish based ASL Aviation Holdings as part of its order for 20 737-800BCF aircraft. The aircraft will operate for ASL’s JV airline K-Mile Asia based in Bangkok and will be the first B737-800 freighter in Thailand (HS-KMD). This is the second aircraft re-delivered as part of the ASL Boeing BCF programme. 737-800BCF F-HIQB was re-delivered to ASL Airlines France and aircraft #3, F-HIQC, is currently in paint at IAC in Shannon before it enters service with ASL Airlines France in Paris-CDG.
All three of these aircraft originally operated for Ryanair. F-HIQB is ex. EI-DPS but operated for Pegasus in Turkey from 2014 until last year. F-HIQC (ex. EI-DLO) and HS-KMD (ex. EI-DLR) both continued to operate for Ryanair until late last year.
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).