ASL Aviation has signed a deal for 20 Boeing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters, consisting of 10 firm orders and 10 purchase rights.
The Next-Generation 737-800 freighter conversion has had 120 orders and commitments from eight customers.
Since entering service last year, the 737-800BCF has been certified by various global regulators including the US Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Civil Aviation Administration of China and Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency.
Hugh Flynn, chief executive of ASL Aviation Holdings says: “Having operated two leased 737-800BCFs across our wide European network, we are very pleased with how the flexibility and reliability of these freighters fulfil our operational needs in meeting our customer requirements. The aircraft is highly efficient and right-sized for our developing operations on behalf of our express cargo customers who are experiencing growing demand. The 737-800BCF will also give us access to new markets.”
Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing at The Boeing Company says: “This order is a great testimonial of the unique capabilities of a 737-800 converted freighter. ASL Aviation has seen first-hand how this platform is perfectly suited to fly express cargo on domestic and short haul routes. We are honoured that ASL Aviation is growing its business with the 737-800BCF.”
Boeing has inaugurated new conversion lines at Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services and Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company while looking to expand further.
The programme is committed to more than double 737-800BCF output this year, going from eight conversions in 2018 to 17 in 2019.