South Korea-based Air Incheon has added to its fleet a 737-800SF (30501, ex-Shenzhen Airlines), on lease from BlackRock’s Aviation Holdings III Investments [FATs 005956-5957].
The aircraft will operate alongside a 737-400SF (24912), currently Air Incheon’s sole freighter. Like the 737-400SF, the 737NG freighter will be utilized for regional flights between South Korea and other countries in Asia, such as Japan, China and Vietnam. Unlike the 737 Classic, the 737-800 has just enough range to connect to Hanoi (HAN) without sacrificing too much in terms of payload capability, Air Incheon told Cargo Facts.
Unit 30501 was ferried to Miami (MIA) in July 2020 and was converted to freighter configuration by Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) at the Commercial Jet facility. The aircraft arrived in Seoul (ICN) on Feb. 10.
Air Incheon previously had another 737-400F (25190); that aircraft left the fleet in 2019, along with a 767-300BDSF (25202) leased from ATSG West Leasing, a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group. The carrier had previously planned to introduce the 737-800F platform through Spectre Air Capital.
BlackRock’s Aviation Holdings III fund placed an order for three 737-800SF conversions with AEI in May 2020, and has since exercised options for two additional conversions.
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