SYDNEY, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Boeing Co stated on Sunday a buyer had ordered two transformed 737-800BCF freighters and that it had signed agreements to open further cargo conversion strains in Guangzhou, China, and Singapore to satisfy demand for categorical site visitors and e-commerce.
The air freight market has outperformed the passenger market due to restrictions put in place to regulate the coronavirus pandemic which have severely restricted passenger journey.
Boeing stated the 737-800BCF transformed freighter, primarily based on the era of the favored narrowbody made earlier than the grounded 737 MAX, now had 134 orders and commitments together with the acquisition by the unidentified buyer. Up to now, Boeing has delivered 36 of the freighters to greater than 10 operators throughout 4 continents.
The airplane is able to carrying as much as 23.9 tonnes (52,800 kilos) and flying as much as 2,000 nautical miles (3,750 km).
The U.S. producer stated the brand new conversion line at Guangzhou Plane Upkeep Engineering Co Ltd (GAMECO) was scheduled to open in early 2021, making it the second 737-800BCF line for the operator.
“The addition of the brand new manufacturing line demonstrates our means to shortly reply to market developments and necessities and is a testomony to the ability and professionalism of the whole GAMECO-Boeing group,” GAMECO Normal Supervisor Norbert Marx stated in an announcement.
Boeing stated it might additionally add a second conversion line for its widebody transformed freighter, the 767-300BCF, at Singapore Applied sciences Engineering Ltd’s facility in Singapore. The second line is scheduled to open later this 12 months.
The Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation reported a 13.5% fall in freight in July, in contrast with a 79.8% decline in passenger journey. (Reporting by Jamie Freed; Modifying by Peter Cooney)