Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Oman Air have recently announced a significant development in their partnership. Based in Muscat, Oman Air has taken delivery of its first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). The addition of this aircraft marks the airline’s expansion plans in the air cargo market.
Oman Air Cargo has experienced remarkable growth in its cargo volume during the first half of 2023. The carrier witnessed a 42 percent increase compared to the same period last year. This growth has been primarily due to expanding capacity across its passenger aircraft fleet. The 737-800BCF offers a freight-carrying capacity of up to 23.9 tonnes and a range of 3,750 km. Introducing the aircraft will benefit Oman Air Cargo’s ongoing capacity expansion efforts.
“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,” said Oman Air.
“The 737-800BCF brings the right payload and range to complement Oman Air’s passenger fleet with dedicated cargo capacity,” said Kate Schaefer, vice president of Boeing Commercial Modifications. “We are honored to partner with Oman Air Cargo to support their operation with a proven and reliable freighter.
The 737-800BCF is designed to meet the increasing cargo demand, optimize the fleet, and replace older freighters. Compared to previous-generation standard-body freighters, the 737-800BCF is highly fuel-efficient. It has up to 20 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per tonne.
Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (STAECO) performed the freighter conversion’s touch labor.
About Oman Air Cargo
Established in 2009, Oman Air Cargo is a leading air cargo carrier in the Middle East. The airline offers tailored solutions to meet various freight transportation needs. Cargo services include the transportation of specialized commodities such as pharmaceuticals, fresh produce, valuables, and dangerous goods. The airline offers express connections through its state-of-the-art hub in Muscat.