ASL Aviation orders up to 20 737-800BCFs

737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter. Photo: Boeing

Dublin-headquartered ASL Aviation Holdings (ASL) has ordered up to 20 additional 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF).

The agreement is for 10 firm orders and 10 purchase rights.

This is ASL’s second order for the 737-800BCF and including options, will bring the organisation’s total 737-800BCF orders and commitments with Boeing to 40 aircraft.

The aircraft will be converted by Boeing at approved MRO sites including STAECO in Jinan, China and at Boeing’s London Gatwick MRO facility in the UK.

The 737-800BCF carries more payload – up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 lbs.) – and flies farther – 2,025 nautical miles (3,750 km) compared to 737 Classic freighters.

“This new order is an important element of our fleet renewal programme, and we are delighted to expand our partnership with Boeing on the 737-800BCF,” said Dave Andrew, chief executive, ASL Aviation Holdings. “The 737-800BCF offers increased reliability and performance, and equally its lower fuel burn reduces our environmental footprint. This is very important to ASL as an aviation group committed to environmental sustainability in aviation.”

Jens Steinhagen, director of Boeing Converted Freighters, said: “We are honoured to play a crucial role in the fleet renewal underway across ASL Aviation Holdings’ operation.

“Boeing Converted Freighters support progress towards sustainability goals by providing operators like those under the ASL Group umbrella an economical way to replace less efficient, older-generation freighters.”

ASL Aviation Holdings is a global aviation services group based in Swords, Ireland, close to Dublin Airport. The group consists of multiple companies including 6 airlines (7 airline operations) maintenance facilities and a number of leasing entities.

The group has a fleet of circa 130 aircraft made up of 12 aircraft types from the ‘jumbo’, Boeing 747-400 freighters, to the smaller ATR 42 turbo props.

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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]