Colombia-based Lineas Aereas Suramericanas (LAS Cargo) will continue adding 737-400Fs to its fleet in the next couple of years as it proceeds with plans to retire its 727 freighters and eventually introduce 737-800Fs.
LAS told Cargo Facts that it expects to receive its second 737-400F in the fourth quarter of 2022 and plans to take on three to four more 737-400Fs within the next couple of years and complete the phase out of its 727-200Fs.
LAS’ first 737-400F (27632) joined toward the end of 2021 on lease from VX Capital and previously flew with ASL Aviation Holdings.
The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that it sold one of its 727-200 freighters (22609) to Venezuela-based Solar Cargo in February but intends to keep units 22927 and 22928 — both “Super 27s” — in its fleet until the 737-400F requirements have been fulfilled. “We need aircraft with very specific conditions,” LAS CEO Maurice Thorin told Cargo Facts, specifically referencing the need for late-model 737-400Fs with high-gross-weight capability, engines that can produce 23,000lbs of thrust and are suited for high-altitude operations.
In the longer term, LAS intends to also have three to four 737-800Fs by the end of 2026. Strong demand and low 737-800 feedstock availability has led LAS to postpone its two 737-800BCF conversion slots with Boeing, the carrier said.
ASL’s ongoing renewal with 737-800BCFs provides carriers like LAS with surplus 737-400F inventory that meets the operator’s current requirements. ASL still operates more than forty 737-300Fs and -400Fs but has been gradually removing them from its fleet as more -800BCFs complete conversion.
ASL’s Classics will be welcomed by operators globally. Most recently, a 1992-vintage 737-400F (25184) made its way to New Zealand in April to join Airwork.
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