West Atlantic Airlines, European dedicated cargo airlines, will be the first operator of the kind when they lease four 737-800 Boeing converted freighters from GE Capital Aviation Services. The airline will be the first to take delivery of the standard-body converted freighter.
In a statement by West Atlantic, the airline said “The first aircraft is currently undergoing the conversion at Boeing’s modification facility in Shanghai, with subsequent aircraft delivering in 2018 and 2019. This order will provide additional capacity to West Atlantic’s existing fleet of more than 50 freighters.”
“With 55 years of operating experience and detailed knowledge of the requirements of the express package and mail industries, West Atlantic is a proven supplier of custom-made capacity solutions throughout the EMEA region.”
Richard Greener, GECAS SVP and Manager of Cargo stated “GECAS is proud to provide these 737-800 converted freighters to West Atlantic.”
“Transitioning into the Next Generation 737 is a logical step as West Atlantic defines its future fleet requirements.”
CEO of West Atlantic, Fredrik Groth further stated “We’re excited to be the first operator of the 737-800BCF. The additional capacity and Next Generation efficiency offered by this new aircraft will deliver real benefit to our customers and we’re delighted to be at the forefront of deliveries of this new technology.”
“The 737-800BCF will be an enabler for us to make a leap in reliability, capacity, and ability to expand in areas of the world away from our traditional markets, such as Asia.”