Air Algérie has taken delivery of its first B737-700(C), 7T-VKS (msn 61340) on May 26. The aircraft has already been deployed on local services to Constantine and regional services to Madrid and Paris.
The Algerian carrier is expecting delivery of the second aircraft of the type from Boeing in September. The two aircraft together will form the basis of Air Algérie’s stand-alone cargo subsidiary, set to be unveiled in Q3 of this year.
The B737-700(C) is a derivative of the B737-700 featuring strengthened wings, a cargo door on the main deck and an in-floor cargo-handling system thus enabling airlines to alternate between passenger and cargo layouts. The aircraft in an all-passenger configuration can carry up to 140 passenger, while the all-cargo layout provides up to 18,200 kilograms of capacity.