GECAS Plans to Convert a Further 30 737-800s to Freighters

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GECAS Plans to Convert a Further 30 737-800s to Freighters

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Postby four engine jock » Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:59 pm

Shannon, Ireland – June 21, 2017
– GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) a world leader in aviation leasing and financing, is planning to convert a further 30 Boeing 737-800s into freighters.

GECAS launched the 737-800 freighter program with Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) in 2015 and Boeing in 2016. Since then GECAS has provided each program with a prototype aircraft for modification at separate conversion facilities in Miami and Shanghai.

All the feedstock aircraft will come from GECAS’ existing portfolio and converted when the aircraft end their current passenger leases from 2018 onward. GECAS currently owns approximately 220 passenger 737-800s that are distributed across ~25 countries.

The ASL Group and West Atlantic Group have already become GECAS customers for the 737-800 freighter with deliveries occurring from the beginning of 2018 through 2019.

“We believe the 737-800 freighter will become an important express freighter for the 20-25 tonne air cargo market. GECAS looks forward to supporting operators to meet the demand from this sector,” stated Richard Greener, SVP & Manager Cargo.

The Next-Generation 737-800 freighter will be equipped with CFM56-7B engines, carry up to 23.9 tons of cargo with 12 main deck positions over 2,000 nautical miles.

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Re: GECAS Plans to Convert a Further 30 737-800s to Freighters

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Postby Bell 407 » Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:51 pm

Any thoughts on the -800 being a good freighter :thinking: Thabo, your ideas?

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Re: GECAS Plans to Convert a Further 30 737-800s to Freighters

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Postby thabo » Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:41 pm

Bell 407 wrote:Any thoughts on the -800 being a good freighter :thinking: Thabo, your ideas?


It should be a beaute.

There are a few technical issues with converting it but we are ironing many of those out on the -700.

We had great success with the 300 but failed with the 400 (we were not able to get same amount of pallets in as our competition) - we have identified those issues and resolved them for the 800.

We have the 800 in development and should be starting conversion within the year.

Hopefully it will be as successful as our 763 - we already have 15 orders plus 15 options.

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Postby Bell 407 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:26 pm

Thanks Thabo, will be good to see them in air at some stage :champion:

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Re: GECAS Plans to Convert a Further 30 737-800s to Freighters

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Postby gear up » Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:03 am

Them nightfighters will be happy to read about this... some new toys on the horizon maybe :welcome: :good:

The 300 is a lovely aircraft but it's quickly being put to pasture, example is, TGB is one of the last 300's off the line so is relatively new so to speak for a jet but already some countries won't accept it to fly over and have clearances as they say it's too old.. when so many 800's are being converted to freighter you know that tells the story.

I look forward to seeing the 800 freighters :good:
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Postby gear up » Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:05 am

That payload of the 800 will also turn the freight companies on :lol: impressive indeed :champion:
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