MIAMI – S7 Airlines (S7) will soon launch freighter operations, as the carrier’s first Boeing 737-800BCF is set to arrive next week.

According to Cargo Facts, the aircraft are two Boeing 737-800 passenger airliners that have been converted into freighters. GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) will be leasing the aircraft to the S7’s Cargo division.

ASL Airlines Ireland Boeing 737-8AS(BCF) with registration EI-DAD operating on behalf of Amazon Air, this is the same type of plane that S7 Airlines will soon operate. Photo: Alberto Cucini – @ac_avphoto

A New Entry

The entry into the freight market represents a new frontier for S7, which currently handles freight via passenger aircraft.

“The delivery of our first freighters is a significant milestone in S7 Airlines’ cargo operations” said Ilya Yaroslavtsev, the CEO of S7 Cargo, before adding that the airline expects an “increase [in] the total volume of carried payload and mail by 30%.”

Yaroslavtsev further added that “S7 Airlines’ wide route map, our partnership with leading logistics companies, and [a] well-developed agent network enable us to carry payload in mail in a relatively short time and provide efficient aircraft lading.”

With airlines from Allied Air (4W) to ASL Airlines Ireland (AG) effectively operating the Boeing 737-800 (BCF), it only seems appropriate that S7 is joining the pack.

Featured image: S7 Airlines Boeing 737-800 with reg: VP-BUG Photo: Alberto Cucini – @ac_avphoto