ASL Airlines Australia has added a 737-800BCF to its fleet

The Sydney-based airline, formerly known as Pionair, has introduced its first Boeing converted 737-800 freighter aircraft to its fleet, registered VH-CYK. The aircraft can uplift up to 23.9 tons (52,900 pounds) of revenue payload, with 5,000ft3 available on the main deck (12 pallets) and a further 1,500ft3 available in the bulk cargo hold. Thanks to the aircraft’s cost efficiency, ASL Airlines Australia (ASLA) can offer its customers new business and transport opportunities in the Australian domestic and international markets, with its capability to move both express parcels and larger cargo consignments speedily with a range up to 3,750 kilometers or 2,025 nautical miles.

The addition of the aircraft to the carrier’s fleet was preceded by a revision of its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA). This followed a 12-month project which saw delivery of VH-CYK to the airline in February 2024, issuance of a Certificate of Airworthiness in March, and a successful AOC variation proving flight under CASA oversight in April this year.
Currently, ASLA is in discussion with customers and expects to operate its first commercial revenue flights soon.
This initial freighter aircraft is part of ASLA parent ASL Aviation Holdings’ B737-800 Boeing conversion program which includes slots for 40 aircraft to be converted and placed into operation in ASL’s fleets in Ireland, France, Belgium, Thailand, India and now Australia.
After having welcomed VH-CYK, ASLA expects to grow the fleet, adding freighters over time to meet customer demand.
The B737-800BCF emits around 15% less greenhouse gases compared to its predecessor, the B737-400 Classic. This is in line with ASL’s commitment to sustainability and to achieving net-zero emissions come 2050. 

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