• Bahrain-based cargo charter airline and MRO becomes first Middle Eastern airline to bring market-leading 737-800BCF to its fleet
  • 737-800BCF has more than 150 orders and commitments globally

Manama, Bahrain, Feb. 17, 2021 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Texel Air, a subsidiary of Chisholm Enterprises, today announced an order for the Bahrain-based airline’s first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter, as the cargo charter experiences increased demand for its services.

“The addition of a Boeing Converted Freighter to our fleet will help us meet current and high forecast customer demand for cargo transport, while also supporting our long-term growth and business goals,” said George Chisholm, chief executive officer, Texel Air. “We chose the 737- 800BCF based on its industry-leading performance and cargo capabilities, as well as confidence in Boeing’s conversion services expertise.”

Based on the popular Next-Generation 737, the 737-800BCF is meeting customer demand for a newer-generation freighter that offers higher reliability and lower fuel consumption and operating costs per trip compared to other standard-body freighters. Primarily used to carry express cargo on domestic or short-haul routes, the airplane is capable of carrying up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 pounds) and flying up to 3,750 kilometers (2,025 nautical miles).

“We are pleased to welcome Texel Air to the Boeing Converted Freighter family,” said Anbessie Yitbarek, Boeing vice president of Commercial Services Sales. “The capability, efficiency and versatility of the 737-800BCF make it the ideal freighter to meet the growth needs of our customers in express freight and domestic cargo networks.”

The 737-800BCF has won more than 150 orders and commitments to date, with e-commerce and express cargo markets driving strong demand for Boeing passenger-to-freighter conversions.

Boeing forecasts that airlines in the Middle East and Africa will require more than 200 new and converted freighters over the next 20 years. This agreement with Texel marks the first airline order of a 737-800BCF in the Middle East region.

Founded in 2013, Texel Air WLL, a subsidiary of Chisholm Enterprises, is a Bahrain-registered airline providing third party cargo charter operations and comprehensive MRO facilities and services. For more information, visit the Texel Air website at www.texelair.com.

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