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Dubai Airshow: Oman Air orders its first 737-800BCF

Oman Air takes delivery of first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter
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Boeing and Oman Air have announced an order and delivery of the operator’s first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).

The order marks the first dedicated cargo aircraft for the Muscat-based carrier.

Oman Air Cargo saw its cargo volume increase 42 per cent during the first half of 2023, compared to the same period in 2022.

The airline states this increase was driven primarily by capacity expansion across its passenger airplane fleet.

With the ability to carry up to 23.9 tonnes of freight at a range of 3,750km, the 737-800BCF will contribute to continued capacity growth.

In a press release announced during the Dubai Airshow, Oman Air stated: “The freighter will contribute to the growth of the air cargo logistics sector in Oman and beyond, will be based at our strategically located Muscat hub and will enhance our ability to connect East and West.”

Kate Schaefer, vice president of Boeing Commercial Modifications, said: “The 737-800BCF brings the right payload and range to complement Oman Air’s passenger fleet with dedicated cargo capacity.

“We are honoured to partner with Oman Air Cargo to support their operation with a proven and reliable freighter.”

Built on one of the industry’s most efficient and reliable platforms, Boeing states the 737-800BCF is designed for customers who are responding to increased cargo demand, optimising fleets, or replacing older freighters.

Compared to the previous generation of standard-body freighters, the fuel efficient 737-800BCF has up to 20 per cent lower fuel use and CO2 emissions per tonne.

Touch labour for the freighter conversion was completed at Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (STAECO).

Oman Air Cargo was established in 2009 and is a leading air cargo carrier in the Middle East, having earned a worldwide reputation for offering high-standard products and leading customer service.

The airline offers customers bespoke solutions to meet their freight transportation needs, including special commodities such as pharma, fresh produce, valuables and dangerous goods, with express connections through its state-of-the-art hub in Muscat.

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