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EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT, UK: April 20, 2018. West Atlantic has taken delivery of the world’s first B737-800 freighter converted by Boeing from a passenger aircraft. It is the first of four to be supplied by GE Capital Aviation Services over the next 11 months to the Gothenburg-based airline.

West Atlantic B737 800BCFBoeing has received 45 aircraft orders and commitments from operators that include YTO Airlines, Hangzhou; China Postal Airlines, Beijing; GECAS, Ireland; Air Algerie, Algeria; LAS Cargo, Colombia; and Cargo Air, Bulgaria.

“The 737-800BCF brings customers the next generation of freighters,” declared Mike Fleming, Boeing Global Services vice president Commercial Services. “For the first time, operators get one-stop shop support throughout the lifecycle of a standard-body freighter – originally manufactured by Boeing, converted by Boeing, and supported by Boeing.”

With a maximum payload of just under 24 tonnes and a range of 2,000 nautical miles, the aircraft’s 12 main deck pallet positions provide nearly 5,000 cubic feet of cargo space in addition to bellyhold capacity of 1,540 cubic feet.

“We’re excited to be the first operator of the 737-800BCF,” said West Atlantic’s chief executive, Fredrik Groth. “The additional capacity and Next-Gen efficiency offered by this new aircraft will deliver real benefit to our customers. We expect to improve reliability, lower aircraft operating costs, and provide a better environmental footprint.”

West Atlantic was founded in 1962 and provides freighter aircraft capacity to global Integrators and freight forwarders.

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