Alaska Air Cargo Welcomes First 737-800BCF

Daniel Fowkes
17 Oct 2023
· Freight 
An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), in Los Angeles, California.

Alaska Airlines has taken delivery of its 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) as part of its future expansion plans.

This is the first of two 737-800BCFs deployed towards Alaska Air Cargo. The cargo division of Alaska Airlines is looking to enhance its freight service.

A Lease Placement

The acquisition of the first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter has been made possible thanks to a lease from BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM).

BBAM is hugely vital to the growth of Boeing conversions in the North American market.

The company says it has committed to 40 conversions of the type; for Alaska Air Cargo, its converted freighters will be in service by the end of the first quarter of 2024.

Comments From Executives

We look forward to welcoming this first of two Boeing 737-800s into our current fleet. These additional aircraft will nearly double our current cargo capacity and extend the range of our network for our customers. We appreciate BBAM and Boeing’s support in converting these former Alaska Airlines passenger aircraft to freighters and allowing us to expand our lift at Alaska Air Cargo.

Adam Drouhard, managing director of Alaska Air Cargo

BBAM is excited to deliver its first Boeing 737-800BCF aircraft to Alaska Airlines. The aircraft will deliver flexibility, capability and operational efficiency across Alaska Air Cargo’s growing cargo network. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Alaska.

Steve Zissis, president and CEO of BBAM

The Alaska Air Cargo Fleet

Alaska Air Cargo operates a handful of 737 freighters as part of its Cargo operation.

These 737 freighters average between 16 and 23 years, with its oldest units being part of the 737-700F. The 737s have an average age of around 22 years and were delivered to the company between 2017 and 2018.

Exploring Alaska Air Cargo

Alaska Air Cargo operates to 100 destinations in North America. Equating to some 1,200 daily flights, it provides various shipping services and much more.

While it has dedicated freighters, it also offers belly cargo service on its passenger planes. These planes serve Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rice and the Continental U.S.

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