Published on March 13th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


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).

HS-KMD is the 50th Boeing 737BCF and will operate for K-Mile Asia, an ASL Aviation Holdings Company.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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