Boeing recently reported order of two 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) from an unidentified client, and also agreements to establish additional conversion lines in Guangzhou, China, and Singapore to meet increased demand in the markets for express traffic and e-commerce.
The 737-800BCF provides operators with advanced technology, lower fuel consumption and higher reliability than other standard-body freighters, based on the popular Next-Generation 737. The aircraft is strong enough to carry up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 pounds) and flying up to 2,000 nautical miles (3,750 kilometres), primarily used to carry express cargo on domestic or short-haul routes. In total, the 737-800 BCF currently has 134 orders and commitments.
Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for Boeing said, “The freighter conversion program is an excellent way to double the life of an airplane and provide operators with an economical way to replace less efficient freighters.” Mounir further added, “By working with our partners to add freighter conversion capacity, we look forward to meeting the strong demand in this market segment and helping our customers scale their operations.”
The new 737-800BCF line is expected to open in early 2021 at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO), marking the second conversion line of MRO for the market-leading 737-800BCF. Till date, 36 737-800BCFs have been delivered by Boeing to more than 10 operators through four continents.
Norbert Marx, GAMECO General Manager said, “The addition of the new production line demonstrates our ability to quickly respond to market trends and requirements and is a testament to the skill and professionalism of the entire GAMECO-Boeing team.”
For its widebody converted freighter, the 767-300BCF, Boeing will be adding a second conversion line at ST Engineering’s facility, in Singapore which is expected to open later this year.
Lim Serh Ghee, President (Aerospace) of ST Engineering said, “Our strong talent pool, operational flexibility and existing infrastructure allow us to adapt quickly to evolving market needs and render the necessary support to our partners and customers,” Ghee further told, “We take pride in our partnership with Boeing and, with the opening of an additional line later this year, look forward to continuing to deliver timely and quality freighter conversions.”
The Boeing 767 freighter family is the world’s most efficient freighter, allowing airlines to create new prospects in the long-haul, regional and feeder market by providing the lowest operating costs per trip. Of up to 56.5 tonnes (124,600 pounds) of payload and travelling up to 3,350 nautical miles (6,190 kilometres), the 767-300BCF has almost the same cargo strength as the 767-300F production freighter.
The Boeing freighter family offers more than 90 percent of the world’s freighter capacity that comprises of production and converted freighters, providing an unprecedented range of capacity and flexibility with outstanding economics in every freighter size.
GAMECO is a joint venture between China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. And Hutchison Whampoa (China) Ltd. From Hong Kong, founded in October 1989 at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, which specialises in maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft and airborne component.
ST Engineering is specialized in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors, ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group, headquartered in Singapore. In FY2019, ST Engineering reported revenue if $7.9 and ranks amongst the largest companies mentioned on the Singapore Exchange.
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