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Modern Logistics Expands Fleet with Second 737-800 BCF, Boosting Global Market Presence

Modern Logistics is set to take delivery of its second Boeing 737-800 Converted Freighter (BCF) in the first half of this year. This announcement follows the company’s acquisition of its inaugural 737-800 BCF late last year, marking a groundbreaking entry of the first 737-800 into Brazil’s logistics industry.

The procurement of these “next generation” (NG) aircraft signals a major milestone for Modern Logistics, propelling the company’s capabilities to expand into key Latin American markets such as Argentina, Colombia, and Central America. Additionally, the move facilitates the establishment of a facility in Miami, opening doors to new horizons in international trade.

Founded in 2012, Modern Logistics has been a trailblazer in integrated logistics, revolutionizing the one-stop-shop model by utilizing air freighters to streamline supply chains across Brazil. The company’s commitment to innovation and efficiency is underscored by the latest additions to its fleet.

Both 737 NGs are leased through Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management (BBAM). These aircraft offer a remarkable 10 percent increase in cargo capacity compared to the previous generation, making them a cost-efficient choice for ton-miles transported. The NGs have received certification by PCA Airworthiness and final approval by ANAC, Brazil’s aviation regulator.

Cristiano Koga, CEO of Modern Logistics, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “We are very excited about the addition of two advanced aircraft to our fleet. The additional capacity and efficiency of the new aircraft will assure the future success of the company by hastening entry into international markets and better responding to the needs of our clients.”

Currently operating three Classics 737s, the introduction of the new 737-800s is part of Modern Logistics’ broader strategy for fleet renewal and increased operational efficiency. As the transition unfolds gradually, the company will operate both classic 737s and NGs in the near term.

This move positions Modern Logistics competitively within the industry, as many air logistics firms continue to rely on older, less efficient 737s converted to freighters. The company, authorized by ANAC to serve international destinations, aims to redefine logistics standards both nationally and globally.

Modern Logistics operates from a sprawling 32,000 square feet cargo facility at Viracopos, capable of accommodating multiple cargo aircraft simultaneously. The facility, equipped to meet risk management requirements, serves an array of segments, including industrial, automotive, technology, clothing, electronics, and now pharmaceuticals.

Acknowledging the growing importance of pharmaceutical logistics, Modern Logistics recently opened a specialized distribution center at Viracopos, making it the first integrated logistics company in Brazil with a domestic terminal equipped to Anvisa’s pharmaceutical industry standards.

Beyond air operations, the company’s diverse logistics ecosystem includes a ground transport fleet, a quality cargo and warehousing facility, and seven distribution centers. Modern Logistics is well-positioned to serve the “middle mile” for e-commerce, responding to the evolving needs of the industry.

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