PEMCO launches 737-700NG freighter programme

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Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services subsidiary PEMCO Conversions has announced a Boeing 737-700 Next Generation passenger-to-freighter conversion programme, Chisholm Enterprises is the launch customer.

Chisholm Enterprises will be the launch customer, with subsidiary Texel Air intending to operate the 737-700F from Bahrain International Airport. The aircraft will be modified at PEMCO’s headquarters in Tampa, Florida during the second quarter of 2019.

The company will amend its pending application with the US Federal Aviation Administration for supplemental type certification, and then PEMCO plans to certify the programme with the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

George Chisholm, CEO of Chisholm Enterprises says: “Over the past 10 years, we have partnered with PEMCO to successfully deliver numerous aircraft designed specifically to meet our unique business requirements, the FlexCombi being one such example. With their proven expertise and insight into our business, they were our natural first choice service provider for the addition of a next generation full freighter to our fleet

Brady Templeton, president of Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services says: “We are designing a great product, at a sensible price, based on knowledge developed as the market leader in the B737 passenger to freighter conversion market. The response and interest in our FlexCombi positioned us to deliver an additional model to satisfy demand in the narrowbody conversion market.”

The freighter will be the second next generation conversion for the PEMCO team, following the 737-700 FlexCombi in 2018 offering three flexible configurations.