Boeing Delivers SF Airline’s First 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter

SF Airline’s Purchases First 767-300 Boeing

Boeing and SF Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF), which is also the first owned by an airline in China.

The delivery took place at Boeing supplier ST Aerospace Services Co. in Singapore, with all conversion work performed on site as well. It is the first of five 767BCFs the airline will receive during the next year.

“Our goal is always to provide our customers with a higher quality, highly efficient express service. This is a goal we believe the 767BCF will help us accomplish,” said Xi Liang, SF Airlines Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering. “With its larger capacity and higher fuel efficiency, we look forward to the 767BCF ensuring quick shipping to our customers.”

“This delivery marks a significant milestone for SF Airlines, Boeing and the express cargo market in China,” said Mike Fleming, Boeing vice president of Fleet and 787 Services. “This is another great example of Boeing’s commitment to supporting Chinese cargo carriers through our converted freighter programs as they face increasing market demand.”

Based in Shenzhen, SF Airlines currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 25 airplanes, and has signed a letter of intent to purchase 737-800BCFs following a program launch. SF Airlines’ sees the rapid e-commerce growth in the China market as a reason for adding the wide-body freighter to fleet of Boeing 737s and 757s they already own. Moving forward, the plan is to continue to add more routes and expand the company’s transportation network, Liang said.

The China air express market is forecast to be among the fastest growing segments of the world air cargo market, largely due to e-commerce. According to the Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast, world air cargo traffic will grow 4.7 percent per year over the next 20 years, with domestic China and intra-Asia markets expanding 6.7 percent and 6.5 percent per year, respectively.