Fleet Renewal Programme
At ASL Aviation Holdings we are dedicated to continuously improving our quality and reliability and simultaneously reducing fuel burn in our quest to reach the aviation industry’s commitment to net-zero carbon emissions.
We look at fleet renewal as necessary to improve and grow the services we offer our customers, and also as a key part of our strategy to reduce our carbon emissions.
Our airlines provide critical connectivity and services that are essential to society, but we are becoming more carbon efficient in how we operate.
Airline carbon emissions are caused mainly by fuel burn and at ASL fuel burn is responsible for more than 98% of our carbon emissions. We have pledged to reduce this and our fleet renewal programme is a major part of how we will honour that pledge.
Fleet renewal is also how we continue to reinvent our group, enhance our services to meet changing and developing customer requirements. Next generation B737 aircraft not only burn 15% less fuel, but they also allow us to carry more over longer distance is less time. The 737-800BCF carries more payload – up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 lbs.) – and flies farther – 2,000 nautical miles (3,750 km) compared to 737 Classic freighters.
Larger aircraft, like the A321 and additional A330’s will join our fleet soon, again allowing us to transport higher freight loads on single flights. Here again we are developing our fleet to meet the business and growth ambitions of our customers.
At the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) conference in Malta in March 2022, ASL Aviation Holdings announced a new order with Boeing for up to 20 additional 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF). The announcement, for 10 firm orders and 10 options.
This confirmation followed an earlier agreement for our first 20 Boeing B737-800BCF aircraft, 10 firm orders and 10 purchase rights, announced at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget in June 2019. The 10 options were confirmed in February 2021.
The first 737-800BCF aircraft for ASL was delivered and entered service with ASL Airlines in January 2021 and the 20th aircraft from the original order will enter service in the last quarter of 2022. Following closely, the first aircraft of the new order is in conversion and will enter service in Q2 2023.
With up to 40 B737-800BCF aircraft joining the fleet and additional B737-800 freighter and passenger aircraft, ASL is continuously investing significantly in our fleet. This is facilitating geographical expansion while improving fuel efficiency and lowering operating costs. As well as greater range and payload, these aircraft offer greater reliability and, crucially, reduce carbon emissions.