Bahrain-based Texel Air has topped up its 737-800BCF orderbook with two additional conversions [FAT 007519-7520].
Texel Air told Cargo Facts that it does not yet have a clear timeline for the conversions, but the slots will take place in Jinan (TNA). Texel also said it has not yet secured a customer commitment for the freighters or acquired the two candidate units yet but is looking at 737-800s of early-2000s vintage.
Texel Air just took redelivery of its first 737-800BCF in December 2021 with the addition of the 2001-vintage unit 29985 (ex-Korean Air), becoming the first Middle Eastern operator of the type. The aircraft is now flying in ACMI service for DHL.
More recently, the carrier ferried its second 737-800 (30672, ex-S7 Airlines) to Jinan (TNA) in April ahead of conversion with Boeing.
Apart from the 737-800s, Texel Air also operates a pair of 737-700 FlexCombis, having been the recipient of the first redelivery of the type by PEMCO.
Meanwhile, Texel still owns and operates one 737-300F (27459) and returned another -300F off lease in 2021; that aircraft (28200) is now in operation with new Indonesian carrier Black Stone Airlines.