Published on May 20th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
GECAS Lease 2 More B737BCFs to ATRAN
Shannon based GECAS has delivered one Boeing 737-800BCF with the second due for delivery imminently to ATRAN Airlines which is part of the Volga Dnepr Airlines group. The first aircraft, VQ-BFR (c/n 33548) was built in 2003 for Ryanair as EI-DAJ and operated passenger services for 17 years. The aircraft was converted to a Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) model in 2020. The second aircraft is also a former Ryanair machine, also built in 2003 as EI-DAK (c/n 33717) and converted to a BCF in recent months. These two aircraft join two more previously delivered to ATRAN by GECAS in 2019. The Boeing 737-800BCF aircraft will join the three Boeing 737-400F already in the airlines fleet.
Having delivered 34 of the converted Boeing 737-800BCF and with more than 60 on order, GECAS is the largest customer of the type for Boeing’s conversion program. Equipped with CFM56-7B engines, the narrow-body 737-800 freighter carries up to 23.5 tonnes of cargo.
Commenting on the deal, Richard Greener, GECAS’ SVP & Manager Cargo Aircraft Group said, “GECAS is delighted Volga-Dnepr have found the 737-800BCFs well suited to grow their operations and are thrilled to provide these additional freighters to ATRAN.”
ATRAN Airlines is based at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport, the carrier provides dedicated cargo services for mail and express shipments to support the growing e-commerce volume. Although the company can trace its origins to a regional division of Aeroflot, in 1990 the company was created as the first independent airline in the Soviet Union and changed its name to Aviatrans. The present name has been in use since January 1997 and it has been a subsidiary of Volga Dnepr Airlines since 2011.
Also commenting on the deal, Vitaliy Andreev, General Director of ATRAN Airlines said, “At ATRAN, we appreciate the support from GECAS’ Cargo team as we continue to expand our fleet and network. Boeing 737-800BCF constitutes the backbone of our fleet and additional planes will enable us to provide more solutions and guarantee high-quality services to our customers.”