China Postal Airlines has placed an order with Boeing for 10 Next-Generation 737 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCFs) and joins China’s Hangzhou-based YTO Airlines (which ordered 15 of the aircraft) as a launch customer for the BCF programme which has yet to be formally launched. China Postal also purchased seven B757-200s that the airline plans to convert into freighters, making this the largest purchase order in the airline’s history.
“This is a historic order both for China Postal and Boeing,” said Yufeng Li, president of China Postal Airlines, who signed the agreement with Boeing at a ceremony today in Beijing. “The 737-800 BCF will bring to our freighter fleet more advanced avionics, better fuel efficiency and lower operating costs that will ensure China Postal’s continued success as a leader in the industry.”
The 737-800 is the first Next-Generation B737 that Boeing will offer for conversion. Through the B737 BCF programme, Boeing will support customers in the narrow-body freighter market, a segment of the freighter market growing quickly around the world.
“We are honored that China Postal Airlines has put their trust in Boeing as they expand their freighter fleet,” said Rick Anderson, vice president, sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. “We are committed to this programme, which addresses a growing need in the market,” he added saying Boeing is currently working closely with multiple customers in China and around the world on the programme.