The first in-service 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) was designed in Long Beach, California and other Boeing design facilities around the globe; modified in Shanghai; painted, tested, and certified in Victorville, California; and then delivered to the customer, GECAS, to be operated by West Atlantic in the United Kingdom. It’s what’s behind the conversion process.
Original 737-800 engineering is the converted freighter’s foundation. For every BCF, Boeing prepares a kit of parts, and then partners with an airplane modification shop to perform the touch-labor. For the first 737-800BCF Boeing used Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Boeing, the Shanghai Airport Authority and China Eastern Airlines.
The 737-800BCF carries more payload – 52,800 pounds, and has a range of 2,000 nautical miles – providing capability to open new markets. The 737-800BCF also offers operators newer technology, lower fuel consumption, better reliability, and carries global support capability. For more information, visit: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/freighters/#/design-highlights/737-800bcf/advantages/