MIAMI – At the Cargo Facts Symposium in Miami, US-based Spectre Air Capital announced an order with Bedek Aviation Group for fifteen 737-800 and 737-700 passenger-to-freighter conversions, plus rolling options for fifteen more.
The first three conversions will be 737-800BDSFs for Korea-based Air Incheon, which will take the freighters from Spectre on long-term lease, with the first redelivery scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.
Bedek’s 737 NG conversion program got rolling some time ago with an order for three 737-700 conversions from US-based Alaska Airlines, and the Spectre order puts Bedek in the position of being the only company offering conversions of both 737-700s and 737-800s.
As shown in the chart at right, initial demand for 737 NG family conversions, particularly the -800 variant, has been strong. Even before the first flight of a 737NG freighter, eleven customers have placed firm orders for 104 conversions, with options for 69 more.
Regarding the breakdown of -700 vs -800 orders, we point out that while we show the Spectre order with Bedek as being for fifteen -800s, it is actually for a mix of both -700s and -800s, with the balance as yet undetermined.