Oman Air takes delivery of first 737-800BCF

Oman Air's first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter. Image: Boeing

Oman Air has taken delivery of its first cargo aircraft, a 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).

The order is the first dedicated cargo aircraft for the Muscat-based carrier, said Boeing in a press release.

Traditionally a passenger airline, Oman Air in February announced it would add its first freighter by the end of the year, though it did not specify the type of aircraft.

With the ability to carry up to 23.9 tonnes of freight at a range of 3,750 km, the 737-800BCF will contribute to continued capacity growth at the airline.

“The 737-800BCF brings the right payload and range to complement Oman Air’s passenger fleet with dedicated cargo capacity,” said Kate Schaefer, vice president of Boeing Commercial Modifications.

“We are honoured to partner with Oman Air Cargo to support their operation with a proven and reliable freighter.”

Oman Air Cargo saw its cargo volume increase 42% during the first half of 2023, compared to the same period in 2022, driven primarily by capacity expansion across its passenger airplane fleet, said Boeing.

“The freighter will contribute to the growth of the air cargo logistics sector in Oman and beyond, will be based at our strategically located Muscat hub and will enhance our ability to connect East and West,” said Oman Air.

Compared to the previous generation of standard-body freighters, the 737-800BCF has up to 20% lower fuel use and CO2 emissions per tonne, said Boeing.

Touch labour for the freighter conversion was completed at Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (STAECO). 

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]