Brazilian cargo airline Modern Logistics will take delivery of a second 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) in the first half of 2024, the firm says.
It follows the airline acquiring its first 737-800BCF in late 2023, which marked the first-ever 737-800 within Brazil’s logistics industry.
Modern Logistics says the second aircraft will significantly enhance the company’s capabilities in expanding into other Latin American markets, particularly Argentina, Colombia, and Central America, as well as establishing a facility in Miami.
Founded in 2012, Modern Logistics is based in São Paulo, Brazil, and has developed a ‘one-stop-shop’ model using air freighters to provide logistics services that are materially hastening supply chains across the country.
Both 737-800s are leased through Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management (BBAM), are more cost-efficient in terms of tonne-miles transported, and have a cargo capacity approximately 10% larger than the previous generation of 737s.
Entering international markets and creating greater competition
Modern Logistics’ chief executive, Cristiano Koga, said: “The additional capacity and efficiency of the new aircraft will assure the future success of the company by hastening entry into international markets and better responding to the needs and requirements of our clients.”
Modern Logistics currently has three classic 737s in its fleet, and the introduction of the new 737-800BCFs is part of a fleet renewal programme to enhance operational efficiency, the airline says.
The replacement of the existing fleet is expected to take place gradually, so Modern Logistics will operate both classic 737s and the new 737-800BCFs over the near term.
Modern Logistics states that the incorporation of the new 737-800BCFs firmly places the company in a greater competitive position within the industry, as the bulk of air logistic firms continue to use older, less efficient 737s which have been converted to freighters.
Modern Logistics’ operations are supported by a 32,000sqft cargo facility at Viracopos which can accommodate several cargo aircraft simultaneously.
A special distribution centre was also recently opened at Viracopos exclusively serving the pharmaceutical sector; the opening of which makes Modern Logistics the first integrated logistics company in Brazil to have, in a domestic terminal, its own warehouse equipped per Anvisa’s requirements to serve the pharmaceutical industry.
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