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FARNBOROUGH 2022: Aircompany Armenia and Georgian Airlines add capacity with 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters order

FARNBOROUGH 2022: Aircompany Armenia and Georgian Airlines add capacity with 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters order

Boeing, Aircompany Armenia and its partner company Georgian Airlines announced today at the Farnborough Airshow, an order for three 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) as part of the group’s plan to add more dedicated cargo airplanes to its operations in the Caucasus region.

“We are thrilled to bring more much-needed air cargo capacity to the region with the addition of three 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters,” said Tamaz Gaiashvili, president of Georgian Airlines Group. “The 737-800BCF has the payload, range and capability to carry both e-commerce and general cargo.”

The first 737-800BCF on order will be delivered next year, with deliveries continuing into 2024. The converted freighters will be operated by Georgian Airlines, which already operates one 737-800BCF.

The 737-800s will be modified at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) and at Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (STAECO) in China.

“We are pleased Aircompany Armenia and Georgian Airlines have selected the 737-800BCF to meet growing demand for air cargo in the markets they serve, and are honored to continue to support their dedicated freighter operations’ expansion,” said Stephanie Pope, CEO of Boeing Global Services.

The 737-800BCF carries more payload – up to 23.9 tons (52,800 lbs.) – and flies farther – 3,750 km (2,025 nautical miles) compared to 737 Classic freighters. The 737-800BCF has won more than 250 orders and commitments from more than 20 customers.

Pictured are Tamaz Gaiashivili, President, Georgian Airlines Group and Stephanie Pope, President & CEO of Boeing Global Services.

Boeing has more than 40 years of successful experience in passenger-to-freighter conversions, relying on original design data and a deep understanding of the needs of the air cargo industry to deliver a superior, integrated product, including fully integrated manuals and world-class in-service technical support. Boeing Converted Freighters also come with the advantage of being associated with the industry’s largest portfolio of services, support and solutions. Learn more about the 737-800BCF and the complete Boeing freighter family here.

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James Graham

James Graham is an award-winning transport media journalist with a long background in the commercial freight sector, including commercial aviation and the aviation supply chain. He was the initial Air Cargo Week journalist and retuned later for a stint as editor. He continues his association as editor of the monthly supplements. He has reported for the newspaper from global locations as well as the UK.

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