LUSAT subsidiary West Atlantic has taken delivery of its first 737-800SF conversion as it looks to grow its fleet with the addition of more 737-800 freighters [FATs 007303-7304].
The 2003-vintage aircraft (30671, ex-AeroMexico), on lease from BlackRock, left Dothan (DHN) and arrived in Malmo (MMX), Sweden, on Feb. 28.
West Atlantic confirmed to Cargo Facts that unit 30671 will operate on the group’s Swedish air operator certificate (AOC), joining three 737-800BCFs.
The ACMI carrier also told Cargo Facts that it expects to add more -800s to its Swedish certificate, which it plans to develop alongside the West Atlantic U.K. and Spain-based Swiftair fleets.
Unit 30671 had been converted at the Commercial Jet facility in Miami (MIA) with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) in 2021 but was stored at DHN after completion and appeared in Swiftair colors only recently. Cargo Facts believes that BlackRock had previously intended to place the 737-800SF on lease with a different operator.
The only other carrier operating both 737-800BCFs and 737-800SFs is ASL Airlines Ireland, which added four -800SFs on a CMI basis in 2021 for Amazon and may soon receive another (30291, ex-Air Europa).
West Atlantic U.K. was the first operator of 737-800BCFs, and previously had four in ACMI operation for FedEx. Ahead of Brexit, the group transferred three (32609, 32612 and 32615) to its Swedish affiliate as part of a wider fleet reshuffle in 2020 that saw some freighters join Swiftair.
As a group, LUSAT now has all three 737-800F conversion types, with Swiftair recently beginning CMI operations for DHL on a 737-800BDSF (30467, ex-SAS).
LUSAT, which acquired a majority stake in West Atlantic in 2019, also owns 757F operator Cygnus Air.
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