LONDON — Boeing has announced today 10 new orders and commitments for its Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) program at the 2016 Farnborough Airshow.
The big winner has been the 737-800BCF program, with two firm orders from Bulgaria’s Cargo Air, already committed when the program was launched last February, plus two aircraft for Colombian carrier Lineas Aereas Suramericanas (LAS) Cargo has signed up for two aircraft, intended to replace its aging 727 fleet. The narrowbody freighter program also logged a commitment from Air Algerie for two of the type.
An undisclosed customer ordered four 767BCFs.
“We have received very positive response from the market for Boeing’s 737-800 and 767 freighter conversion programs,” said Rick Anderson, vice president of sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.
To date, Boeing has won 22 firm orders for the 767BCF and up to 59 orders and commitments from customers for the 737-800BCF, which is expected to enter into service in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The 737-800 is the newest addition to the company’s passenger-to-freight (P2F) program, also offered for the passenger versions of the 767-300 and the 747-400.
The incorporation allows Boeing to offer a comprehensive freighter product portfolio, with economically-feasible solutions for cargo carriers in emerging markets while taking advantage of a large amount of 737s that are expected to be retired from passenger service in the coming years.