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Boeing wins firm order for two 737-800 (BCF) Converted Freighters due to strong freight demands. The aircraft manufacturer also plans to open conversion lines in Guangzhou, China, and Singapore.
The newer technology, lower fuel consumption next generation 737-800BCF airplane can carry up to 52,800 pounds and fly up to 2,000 nautical miles.
Boeing currently has 134 orders and commitments for the 737-800BCF freighters. The state-of-the-art 737-800BCF are becoming increasingly popular due to its efficiency and the retirement of the 747-800F. Most airlines have either retired the world's most popular freighter or plan to do so in the near future.
“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,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and
Marketing for Boeing. “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 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,” said GAMECO General Manager Norbert Marx.
The new 767-300BCF line at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) is set to open in early 2021. Boeing will also add a second conversion line for the 767-300BCF freighter at ST Engineering’s facility in Singapore, it is schedule to open later this year.
“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,” said Lim Serh Ghee, president (Aerospace) of ST Engineering. “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.”
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