FAA approves Pemco’s B737-700 combi programme

By Damian Brett

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Pemco Conversions’ Passenger-to-FlexCombi (FC) conversion programme for Boeing 737-700s.

The Pemco B737-700FC offers three configurations: a 24-seat cabin plus a 2,640 cu ft cargo hold for up to 30,000 lbs of payload in six pallet positions; a 12-seat cabin plus a 3,005 cu ft cargo hold for up to 35,000 lbs of payload in seven pallet positions; or full-freighter mode consisting of a 3,370 cu ft cargo hold for up to 40,000 lbs of payload in eight pallet positions.

The launch customer for the Pemco B737-700FC is Bahrain-based Chisholm Enterprises. Its subsidiary Texel Air, a non-scheduled cargo airline, will operate the B737-700FC from Bahrain International Airport.

“To reach this moment in the development of our 737-700 passenger-to-freighter conversion program solidifies our presence as a global leader in the marketplace,” said Mike Andrews, director of conversion programmes at Pemco. “We are pleased with the performance of our Tampa cargo conversion team and continue to develop innovative products meeting increased customer demand for 737 conversions.”

Pemco Conversions general manager Jeff Becker added: “Chisholm is a great partner that provides unique services in its market, so the flexibility of our 737 conversion products continues to meet Chisholm’s needs as its fleet grows.”

Pemco also is developing a B737-700F full-freighter conversion programme. Those freighters would feature nine pallet positions, up to 45,000 pounds of payload, and 3,844 cu ft of total volume.

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