Boeing is at the Dubai Air Show big and bold, ready to capture the orders of airlines seeking to modernise their fleets and achieve efficiency targets as we begin to ease out of the COVID-19 pandemic that tore aviation to shreds. This article is specific to Boeing only orders and will be updated as the show progresses.
Boeing Not Ready to Launch 777X Freighter
It was widely expected that Boeing would launch the 777X Freighter at the show, especially following the launch of the A350 Freighter. However, during a press conference ahead of day one, Boeing Sales Chief Ihssane Mounir said the company is not yet ready to launch the 777X, stating they are still six years away from the 2027 ICAO CO2 emission regulations. Mounir adds this gives the company time to tweak the frame some more before committing to a freighter.
Despite this, it has been reported Boeing is in advanced talks with customers regarding the 777X Freighter, with the likes of Qatar and FedEx mentioned.
At the same time, Boeing is seeking an exemption from the 2027 ICAO CO2 regulations while also discussing a re-engined 767. The latter was last mentioned in 2019 when the company was assessing a 767 powered by GEnx engines.
Boeing to Open Three New Freighter Conversion Lines
To support the growing demand for air freight, Boeing will open three new freighter conversion lines for the 737-800BCF. To celebrate the occasion, Boeing inked a deal with Icelease for eleven of the freighters as the launch customer for one of the new conversion lines.
“We are confident in the quality and proven record of Boeing’s 737-800 converted freighter, and pleased to be the launch customer for their new London MRO facility.”
Magnus Stephensen, senior partner at Icelease.
In 2022, the company will open one conversion line at Boeing’s London Gatwick Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility; and two conversion lines in 2023 at KF Aerospace MRO in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
The announcement follows plans disclosed earlier this year that Boeing would create additional 737-800BCF conversion capacity at several sites. The locations consist of third line at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) and two conversion lines in 2022 with a new supplier, Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (COOPESA) in Costa Rica. Once the new lines become active, Boeing will have conversion sites in North America, Asia and Europe.
According to Boeing, around 1720 freighter conversions will be required over the next 20 years to meet a global increase in demand. With no shortage of 737-800s, the BCF program is an effective alternative to a new build freighter.
As of today, the 737-800BCF is the standard body freighter market leader with more than 200 orders and commitments from 19 customers.
THIS ARTICLE WILL BE UPDATED AS MORE ORDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE MADE!