On April 19, Aerolíneas Argentinas celebrated the delivery of its first cargo Boeing 737-800BCF in a ceremony with the president of the airline, Pablo Ceriani, and the Minister of Transport of the country’s government, Diego Giuliano.
The aircraft, registration LV-CTC, is one of two that were leased in December 2022 to meet the logistical needs of the Argentine group Mirgor.
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The second Boeing 737-800BCF, to be registered as LV-KHQ, should be delivered soon, marking the return of aircraft dedicated exclusively to cargo on the Argentine flag carrier.
The last Aerolíneas cargo jet was a Boeing 737-300F, registered as LV-BBZ, but which remained in the fleet between 2005 and 2006 before being returned to Ansett.
“In 2020 we established that the pillars of management were three: the merger of Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral, the development of an aircraft maintenance business and the development of the air cargo sector. With the entry of this aircraft, we consolidate Aerolíneas’ cargo business Argentinas,” said Ceriani.
The 737-800BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) is a manufacturer’s own conversion that is capable of transporting 22.7 tons of cargo over distances of up to 2,025 nautical miles (3,750 km).
According to Boeing, it is possible to transport up to 12 ULD pallets on the main deck, in addition to cargo in the lower hold.
The Boeing 737-800 LV-CTC has already operated at Aerolíneas in a passenger configuration between 2011 and 2021, when the aircraft was sent for conversion to cargo.