Texel Air acquires first 737-800BCF

737-800BCF. Photo: Texel Air

Bahrain-based Texel Air has acquired its first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) that is also a first of its kind for the Middle East.

A second 737-800BCF aircraft will be inducted for conversion with Boeing in May 2022 and is expected to enter service in September 2022. 

The aircraft are capable of carrying up to 23.9 tonnes and flying up to 3,750 km. They include 185.4 cubic meters of total cargo volume.

The first aircraft, registration A9C-GWC (MSN 29985), underwent conversion from passenger to freighter aircraft at a Boeing MRO supplier facility, with further client specific modifications at Texel Air’s hangar facility prior to transferring onto their Bahrain Aircraft Operators Certificate.

These new aircraft will enable Texel Air to carry larger cargo volumes, fly greater distances and to new destinations on behalf of its current and future customer base across the Middle East, India, Turkey, East Africa, and other global markets.

John Chisholm, chairman for Texel Air’s parent company Chisholm Enterprises, said, “We are very proud to welcome the arrival of the region’s very first Boeing 737-800BCF to the Kingdom of Bahrain.  Along with our two versatile B737-700Flex Combi’s that recently joined our fleet, this addition will further boost our capabilities. We look forward to offering greater innovation and more varied cargo solutions to our global customer base.”

Chisholm added, “A9C-GWC is expected to enter into service in mid-January. Our home, the Kingdom of Bahrain, is a strategic location and a regional hub for aviation and logistics.

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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]