Boeing boosts Costa Rica production capacity
Boeing has announced a new partnership with a Costa Rica-based maintenance, repair, and overhaul provider (MRO) to create additional modal capabilities for the 737-800 modified freighter.
The American giant will open two 737-800 BCF conversion lines with the Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (Coopesa) in Alajuela.
This decision is made as the express and e-commerce markets continue to drive strong demand for production and modified cargo ships.
The first line of the new conversion line will open in early 2022 and the second line will open later that year.
Boeing predicts that 1,500 freighters will need to be modified over the next 20 years to meet growing demand.
Of these, 1,080 are standard body conversions, with nearly 30% of their demand coming from North America and Latin America.
“Coopesa has demonstrated the technical expertise, quality and implementation efforts needed to meet growing customer demand for the 737-800 BCF, including the Americas,” said Boeing’s cargo ship remodeling. The director in charge, Jenssteinhagen, said.
“Boeing is pleased that Coopesa has joined the team of MRO partners in providing customers around the world with market-leading modified cargo ships.”
Boeing is currently converting 737-800 airliners into cargo ships in three locations: Boeing Shanghai Airlines Service (BSAS) in Shanghai, China. Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Gameco) in Guangzhou, China. Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering (STAECO) in Jinan, China.
To date, the 737-800BCF has won over 180 orders and commitments from 15 customers on four continents.