Gecas orders 10 B-737/800 BCF aircraft and adds 15 options
The model is making its debut at the Le Bourget show
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) signed an agreement with Boeing at the "Paris Air Show" (June 17-23) exercising 10 purchase rights to firm orders and adding 15 more purchase rights for the 737/800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).
The model, which is making its air show debut at Le Bourget this week, is Boeing’s newest freighter product. The company converts Next-Generation 737 passenger airplanes into cargo jets that are capable of carrying more payload –up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 lbs)– and flying farther –2,000 nautical miles (3,750 km)– than previous standard-body freighters.
Today’s order is the third time that GECAS has purchased Boeing’s newest freighter since the program was announced in 2016. GECAS, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, now has 65 orders and options for the B-737/800BCF.
It is primarily used to carry express cargo on domestic/short haul routes. Boeing delivered the first in-service 737/800BCF to GECAS leasing customer West Atlantic AB last year. The US giant has delivered 14 units to date.
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