Armenian airline Armenia and its partner Georgian Airlines of Georgia placed an order for three Boeing 737-800BSF (Boeing Converted Freighters) as part of the group’s plan to add more dedicated cargo aircraft to its operations in the region of Caucasus.
The agreement, signed at Farnborough International last week, includes 737 to 800 modifications to be carried out at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company (GAMECO) and Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. (STAECO) in China.
The first 737-800BCF on order will be delivered next year, with deliveries continuing through 2024. The converted freighters will be operated by Georgian Airlines.
“We are delighted to bring more much-needed air cargo capacity to the region with the addition of three Boeing 737-800 Converted Freighters,” said Tamaz Gaiashvili, President of Georgian Airlines Group. “The 737-800BCF has the payload, range and capability to carry both e-commerce and general cargo.”
Cargo carrier Georgian Airlines (IATA: GH) was established during the COVID-19 crisis in 2020 by Tamaz Gaiashvili, co-owner of struggling passenger carrier Georgian Airways (IATA: A9). It started operations in April 2021. The Tbilisi-headquartered airline’s range of operations includes the transportation of air cargo by charter and scheduled flights across Europe, the CIS, the Middle East, the Central, East and South Asia. Currently, Georgian Airlines operates one 737-800BCF and one 737-800SF, primarily for the benefit of Silk Way West Airlines of Azerbaijan. The carrier is part of the Georgian Airlines group, which also includes the airline Armenia.
Founded in December 2015, the Yerevan-based Armenian airline (код IATA: RM) has launched operations since April 2016.