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  • Joe Breitfeller

ASL Aviation Orders Up to 20 Additional Boeing 737-800BCFs to Drive Environmental Sustainability

Updated: Apr 1

ASL Aviation has ordered up to 20 additional 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) with an agreement for 10 firm orders and 10 purchase rights. This is ASL’s second 737-800BCF order, bringing their total orders and commitment to up to 40 aircraft.


Boeing 737-800BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) - Courtesy Boeing

On Thursday (March 31, 2022), Boeing announced that ASL Aviation Holdings, a leader in ACMI airline operations serving cargo and passenger airlines, has ordered up to 20 additional Boeing 737-800BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) aircraft. The new order brings ASL’s total orders and commitments for the aircraft type to up to 40 aircraft. Conversions of the aircraft will take place at approved Boeing MRO sites, including STAECO in Jinan, China, as well as at Boeing’s London Gatwick MRO facility in the UK. Compared to classic 737 freighters, the 737-800BCF offers more cargo capacity, up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 lbs), and an increased range of 2,025 nautical miles (3,750 km).


In Thursday’s announcement, ASL Aviation Holding’s Chief Executive, Dave Andrew, said,


“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. 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.”


Also commenting on ASL’s second 737-800BCF order, Boeing Converted Freighters’ Director, Jens Steinhagen, said,


“We are honored 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.”


Dublin-based ASL Aviation Holdings is a global aviation services company with airlines based in Europe, South Africa and Asia. The company is a leader in ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) airline operations serving major cargo and passenger airlines. ASL’s six airlines include ASL Airlines Ireland, ASL Airlines Belgium and ASL Airlines United Kingdom in Europe, and joint ventures with FlySafair in South Africa and K-mile in Asia and Thailand. The Group also operates several leasing entities.


Boeing (NYSE:BA) is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading supplier of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, as well as global services. The aerospace giant tops the list of the largest U.S. exporters, providing a significant positive impact to America’s annual GDP. Boeing supports government and commercial customers in over 150 countries and employs more than 160,000 team members worldwide. As Boeing continues to deliver for customers, they are committed to their legacy of aerospace leadership in technology and innovation and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.



Source: Boeing