ASL Aviation confirms order for up to 20 additional B737-800BCF aircraft
ASL Aviation Holdings has confirmed an order with Boeing for up to 20 additional Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) 737-800s. The announcement made at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) annual conference in Malta is for 10 firm orders and 10 options.
This order, including options, will bring the number of aircraft in the 737-800BCF program to 40 aircraft for ASL. The aircraft will be converted by Boeing at STAECO Approved MRO Suppliers in Jinan, China, and at Boeing’s MRO facilities at London Gatwick Airport in the UK.
Conversions are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2023 following the completion of ASL’s existing backlog for 737-800BCF conversions. The aircraft will be awarded to ASL airlines in Ireland, Belgium and France in Europe and joint venture airlines in Asia.
ASL Aviation Holdings Managing Director Dave Andrew said, “This new order is an important part of our fleet renewal program, and we are delighted to extend our partnership with Boeing on the 737-800BCF. The aircraft has proven to be perfectly suited to our customers’ needs and operational across our European network of 100 airports. The 737-800BCF offers increased reliability and performance, and its low fuel consumption also reduces our environmental footprint. This is very important to ASL as an aviation group committed to environmental sustainability in aviation.
“We are honored to play a crucial role in the ongoing fleet renewal across ASL Aviation Holdings’ operations,” said Jens Steinhagen, director of Boeing Converted Freighters. “Boeing Converted Freighters is supporting progress towards sustainability goals by offering operators such as those at ASL Group a cost-effective way to replace less efficient older generation freighters.”
ASL announced its first 10 firm orders and 10 options for 737-800BCF aircraft at the Paris Air Show in June 2019. The first aircraft entered service with ASL Airlines France in January 2021 and ASL confirmed all 10 options the following month. So far, ASL has resumed delivery of 11 737-800BCFs under its original orders, and they now operate for ASL Airlines Belgium, ASL Airlines France and ASL’s joint venture airline K-Mile Asia, based in Bangkok, Thailand. Two aircraft are being converted, and the other seven will follow, with the 20and The aircraft is expected to enter service in early 2023.
The 737-800BCF meets ASL customer requirements for a next-generation freighter that offers greater reliability and lower fuel burn and operating costs per flight. The planes are primarily used by ASL airlines to transport express cargo and e-commerce cargo and can carry up to 23.9 tons (52,800 pounds) with a range of up to 3,750 kilometers (2 025 nautical miles).