China’s YTO makes maiden flight, launches B737-800BCF programme

The Hangzhou-based Chinese express cargo carrier has only just begun operations with its maiden flight on 26 September with flights between Hangzhou and Chengdu.


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Boeing has announced it has entered into an agreement with YTO Airlines – a Hangzhou-based Chinese express cargo carrier – to provide the airline with 15 B737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCFs) following a planned programme launch for the type. The order was announced during President Xi Jinping’s ongoing visit to the US and delivery dates were not specified.

YTO only just began operations with its maiden flight on 26 September with flights between Hangzhou and Chengdu. YTO acquired its first aircraft – two ex-Donghai Airlines B737-300F aircraft at the end of June – and now has three of the aircraft type. The second and third aircraft are set to be put into commercial operation in November and December.

“We are honored that YTO Airlines has chosen to partner with Boeing as it expands its operations and freighter fleet,” said Rick Anderson, vice president of sales, Commercial Aviation Services. “We are confident the 737-800BCF – with its more advanced avionics, better fuel efficiency and lower operating costs – will provide the airline with a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

The B737-800BCF offers several advantages over YTO’s existing three B737-300 freighters – they are younger, there is a large feedstock of the type, they offer a higher maximum payload and have a longer range and better fuel economy.