S7 Airlines received the first of two Boeing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters under a lease agreement with the leasing company GECAS. The commercial management of cargo transportation will be carried out by S7 Cargo, the general agent for the sale of cargo transportation of the S7 Group of Companies. The first flights are scheduled for the end of February from Moscow to Norilsk and Yakutsk, according to the press service of the air carrier.
The wide geography of flights within the country will allow S7 Airlines to transport cargo between regions as soon as possible. First of all, there will be flights from Moscow and Novosibirsk to the northern and Far Eastern directions.
“With the delivery of the first Boeing 737-800BCF, a new stage in the development of the S7 Airlines cargo transportation segment begins. The airline sees serious prospects in this area of work against the backdrop of the rapid development of e-commerce. We plan to use it on medium-haul routes, where we note the lack of capacity in the baggage and cargo compartments of passenger aircraft in relation to demand, ”notes Ilya Yaroslavtsev, CEO of S7 Cargo. The payload of the Boeing 737-800BCF received is 21 tons, the flight range is up to 3,750 km.
Monty Frazier, Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Boeing Russia and the CIS, said: “We are proud that the S7 Group has chosen the Boeing 737-800BCF as the first cargo aircraft in its fleet. Based on the popular Next-Generation 737 passenger aircraft, the 737-800BCF is designed to meet the needs of customers for cargo aircraft, which are distinguished not only by reliability, but also by fuel efficiency and reduced maintenance costs compared to classic cargo aircraft. The strong demand for the 737-800BCF confirms how important this aircraft type is in the fast-growing express delivery and e-commerce market. ”
Until now, S7 Cargo has carried out customs clearance and transportation of commercial cargo, mail and special categories of cargo in the baggage compartments of S7 Airlines passenger aircraft. In addition, in the spring of 2020, the transportation of medical goods was organized, including in the cabin of passenger airliners.