Published on February 1st, 2023 | by Alan Dwyer0
AerCap Takes Delivery of 50th Boeing 737-800BCF
AerCap has announced it has taken delivery of its 50th 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). The aircraft conversion was completed at COOPESA, a leading MRO provider with expertise in aircraft modifications and conversions. The aircraft was redelivered to Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aéreas, who will operate the aircraft on behalf of a Latin-American e-commerce company, as part of the growth strategy and logistics solution of GOLLOG, Gol’s logistics business unit. In 2016, AerCap Cargo was the launch customer of the Boeing 737-800BCF and took delivery of its first aircraft in April 2018. AerCap Cargo has more than 25 years of experience in freighter leasing including Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions, with more than 100 successful conversions. AerCap Cargo 737-800BCF customers include West Atlantic Group, Amazon Air, GOL, JD.com, Kargo Xpress, ASL, and Longhao Airlines.
Commenting on the deal, the Head of AerCap Cargo, Rich Greener said, ”We are delighted to celebrate this milestone delivery with our partners at Boeing and our longstanding customer, GOL. Since the program launched in 2016, we have seen unprecedented demand for express air cargo from e-commerce retail businesses. Today, the 737-800BCF is one of the most in-demand narrowbody freighter aircraft in the industry, thanks to its versatility and reliability, making it the perfect choice for express air cargo and e-commerce networks.”
Also commenting was the vice president of Boeing’s Commercial Modifications, Engineering & Specialty Products business, Kate Schaefer said, ”We thank AerCap Cargo for their early confidence in the 737-800BCF, and congratulate them on this milestone. The BCF team has navigated global challenges during the past few years and truly pulled together to deliver this 50th 737-800BCF for AerCap. It is a testament to the ongoing commitment to our customer’s success.”
AerCap has also announced it has signed lease agreements for four Boeing 777-300ERSF aircraft with Hong Kong based global air cargo charter company, Fly Meta. The aircraft are scheduled to deliver in 2024 through 2025. The Boeing 777-300ERSF, also known as ‘The Big Twin’, is the first passenger-to-freighter aircraft conversion program of the Boeing 777-300ER and will be the largest twin-engine freighter when it enters service this year. AerCap Cargo and Israel Aerospace Industries Group (IAI) launched the 777-300ERSF conversion program in 2019, known as ‘The Big Twin’. AerCap Cargo has a firm order book of 20 Boeing 777-300ERSF aircraft and a further ten options. The first aircraft is expected to deliver in the first half of 2023 to US cargo airline, Kalitta Air.