Boeing and GAMECO in China said they will add a production line to the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) project in China. The new production line will be the third in the partnership between Boeing and Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in Guangzhou and is set to meet the demand for freighter conversion driven by the booming express delivery and e-commerce sectors in the country, according to Boeing China. Both sides will take it as an opportunity to implement an innovative and scalable production concept for conversions, which will boost deliveries and efficiency, it added.
In 2016, Boeing launched the 737-800BCF project in China, where there is a surging e-commerce industry and a massive market. Boeing and its partners have established production lines for the project in three Chinese cities: Shanghai, Jinan and Guangzhou. To date, the 737-800BCF project has received more than 150 orders. GAMECO is a joint venture between China Southern Airlines and Hutchison Whampoa (China) from Hong Kong. It specialises in aircraft and airborne component maintenance, repair and overhaul.
“GAMECO is excited to continue our partnership with Boeing to satisfy freighter conversion demand for years to come,” said GAMECO General Manager Norbert Marx. “Adding a third line gives us the opportunity to implement an innovative and scalable production concept for conversions. This concept will boost deliveries and improve further efficiency.”
“Boeing launched our BCF program at GAMECO amidst the pandemic, and their commitment to quality and quickly scaling their operations is a great achievement,” said Peter Gao, Boeing vice president, Commercial Sales and Marketing for China. “Our partnership with GAMECO strengthens our presence in the region, benefits us both and brings immense value to our customers today and into the future.”