Texel Air welcomes the world’s first B737-700 FlexCombi from Pemco

By Damian Brett

Texel Air B737-700 FlexCombi

Texel Air has taken delivery of the world’s first Boeing 737-700 FlexCombi from conversion firm Pemco.

The aircraft has the ability to be configured in seven different ways for multiple purposes, with changes made in a 48-hour time frame.

The Chisholm Enterprises-owned non-scheduled airline and MRO firm said this would allow to switch between “humanitarian, government, express integrator and commercial flights from major airports to smaller remote runways” without compromising cargo volumes.

In addition to cargo, the aircraft is able to transport up to 24 people as well as offering the option for medical evacuation flights using two speciality medical beds installed on the aircraft. The aircraft is able to load both civil (PAG) and (463L) pallets.

Chisholm Enterprises chief executive George Chisholm said: “We are delighted to welcome the arrival of our first-of-a-kind Boeing 737-700 FlexCombi to the Kingdom of Bahrain, where we have proudly grown from an organic start-up airline to a leading innovator in niche cargo operations serving the Middle East, North Africa and global markets.

“From our strategic position in Bahrain, a growing regional hub for aviation and logistics, we will operate this versatile aircraft, serving an international roster of clients that have long awaited a solution that provides them with unmatched levels of flexibility.”

Initially the aircraft will offer three configurations, two capable of taking passengers and a third, full freighter option with a 20 tonne capacity.

Further configurations will be added in the future.

Initial configurations:

  • Cargo Mode: eight pallet positions and the passenger interior is fully removable.
  • Combi 1: seven pallet positions and 12 economy seats
  • Combi 2: six pallet positions and 24 economy seats

Planned configurations:

  • Combi 3: six pallet positions and 12 economy, 4 business class seats (16 seats total)
  • Combi 4: six pallet positions and 8 business class seats
  • Combi 5: seven pallet positions and 4 business class seats
  • MEDEVAC : six pallet positions, 2 Spectrum AEROMED stretchers and 6 economy seats

Pemco has also launched a full freighter conversion programme for the B737-700, with Chisholm Enterprises again the launch customer.

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