BCF leaps to the Next-Generation

This week in Shanghai, our Commercial Aviation Services launched the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter program. It came after we secured orders and commitments for up to 55 conversions from seven customers. It’s the first Next-Generation 737 model that Boeing has offered for conversion.


The 737-800BCF is part of our strategy to significantly grow our services business. It also serves a distinctly different market than the freighter versions of the 747, 767 and 777— and will primarily be used to carry express cargo on domestic routes.


Launch customers gather for a signing ceremony in Shanghai.

Over the next 20 years, we’re forecasting the need more than 1,000 converted freighters the size of the 737, with China’s domestic air-freight carriers accounting for nearly one-third of the total market.

The first 737-800BCF is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017. Congrats to the CAS team on today’s launch. Below are a few fun facts on the 737-800BCF.

Carries up to 52,800 pounds (23.9 metric tons) of cargo on routes of up to 1,995 nautical miles (3,690 kilometers, 2,295 miles).

Twelve pallet positions — 11 standard pallets and one half-pallet — provide 5,000 cubic feet (141.5 cubic meters) of cargo space on the main deck.

Two lower-lobe compartments combine to provide more than 1,540 cubic feet (43.7 cubic meters) of cargo space.

Comments (1)

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

I don't know of a lot of airlines right now who would want to retire their 737-800 fleets right now but perhaps as the 737 MAX rolls in for passenger service they can be converted. I can see the potential for FedEx Express and UPS for planes smaller than the 757 and perhaps to replace some.

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