China-based Central Airlines will soon take its fleet to ten aircraft, three years after launching flights with its first freighter.
Central Airlines expects to take delivery of the 737-800BCF — its fourth — in the weeks ahead, the carrier told Cargo Facts.
Cargo Facts believes the aircraft is the 2006-vintage unit 32694 (ex-Jeju Air), which lessor AerCap sent to Jinan (TNA) in February 2022 ahead of conversion with Boeing. It would be the first aircraft to join Central Airlines on lease from AerCap.
With its growing 737-800BCF fleet, Central Airlines told Cargo Facts that it is looking to gradually sell its five 737-300Fs, which range from 1992- to 1996-vintage.
More freighters will join the fleet later this year, Central Airlines added.
Central Airlines started flying its first 737-300F in 2020 and added its first 737-800BCF on lease from BBAM last year. The carrier took a major step forward in the second half of 2022 when it took on its first widebody and began operating the 2010-vintage 777F (37715, ex-China Cargo Airlines) on behalf of Chinese forwarder YunExpress.
In addition to Central Airlines, China is home to five other 737-800BCF operators: China Postal Airlines, China Central Longhao Airlines, Tianjin Air Cargo, Shandong Airlines and JD Airlines.
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