ASL Airlines prepares for arrival of second 737-800BCF

GECAS took redelivery of a Boeing-converted 737-800BCF (32610, ex-China Southern Airlines) earlier this week, and will ferry the aircraft to Liege next week, where it will be handed over on lease to ASL Airlines Belgium. ASL expects to put the incoming 737-800BCF into service on behalf of express customer FedEx later next month. This is […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 30, 2018

Finding the sweet spot for next-gen narrowbody conversions

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of excitement (and jockeying by conversion houses) over the newest generation of narrowbody freighters, the Boeing 737NGs (737-700/-800) and Airbus A320 family (A320/321). As these newer freighters stand poised to begin replacing older types, let’s take an early look at the new programs and the […]
  • Alan Hedge
  • July 12, 2018

6 Chinese lessors with narrowbody freighter ambitions

Seven airlines based in mainland China operate sixty-six 737 Classic freighters that comprise the backbone of the country’s domestic airfreight express fleet. In the coming years, primarily in response to surging e-commerce demand, the narrowbody freighter fleets of China-based carriers are expected to expand rapidly, with new aircraft types. As in most parts of the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 21, 2018

5,000th 737 NG Breaks Cover

Sixteen years after the first 737 NG was delivered and more than 20 years after Boeing began work on the 737 NG program, the 5,000th 737 NG has left the Renton factory and moved on to pre-delivery testing. Number 5000 is a U.S. Navy C-40A Clipper (effectively a 737-700C) with a cargo door for mission […]
  • David Harris
  • August 1, 2014

Air Algerie Orders Two 737-700Cs

The Farnborough Air Show typically means a flurry of press releases heralding new aircraft orders – and 2014 is no exception. Air Algerie’s order for a pair of 737-700Cs, actually placed earlier this year but announced today at Farnborough, is notably unusual. Although the 737-700C has been offered for sale since the 1990s, just three […]
  • David Harris
  • July 16, 2014

The changing freighter fleet

It’s been a busy month for freighter aircraft transactions. Regular visitors to this site will have seen a steady stream of reports chronicling the resurgence in demand for medium widebody freighters. Amerijet International, Cargojet, Star Air, and Uzbekistan Airways have all ordered or acquired freighter-converted 767-300s. And while there have been no recent orders for […]
  • David Harris
  • June 9, 2014