TNT accepts first of 11 converted 737Fs from GECAS

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European express cargo carrier TNT Airways has accepted delivery of the first of 11 converted Boeing 737 freighters from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).

The 11 aircraft - nine Boeing 737-400s and two 737-300s - are being converted by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) and will replace TNT's existing 737 fleet.

Deliveries are slated to continue for the next 18 months.

TNT currently leases 10 converted freighters from GECAS. "We can help TNT meet their fleet optimization needs and extend the life of select aircraft types in our portfolio," says GECAS senior vice president, specialty markets Richard Greener.

GECAS started its cargo programme in 2001 with the conversion of 15 passenger 737s from its current portfolio to freighter and quick-change configuration.

Since then, GECAS has placed 36 converted 737Fs with cargo carriers.