PEMCO announces deal with Chisholm for Boeing freighter conversion program

posted on 7th February 2019 by Justin Burns

PEMCO Conversions – a wholly owned subsidiary of Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services – has announced a Boeing 737-700 Next Generation aircraft passenger-to-full freighter conversion program with Chisholm Enterprises as the launch customer.

PEMCO Conversions will induct a B737-700 for full freighter modification at its headquarters in Tampa, Florida during the second quarter of 2019.

The company will amend its pending application with the US Federal Aviation Administration for the B737-700FC supplemental type certification (STC) to accommodate the full freighter conversion, streamlining the approval process.

After initial FAA approval, PEMCO Conversions plans to certify both B737-700 conversion programs with the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

PEMCO director for conversion programs, Mike Andrews said: “As we developed the B737-700 FlexCombi conversion, our understanding of their requirements grew, allowing us to implement comprehensive solutions that enhanced our vision of the B737-700 Full Freighter, making Chisholm the ideal launch customer for this conversion.”

The full freighter will be the second Next Generation conversion for the PEMCO Conversions team.  The first was the B737-700 FlexCombi(tm) in 2018 (STC pending), which offers three flexible configurations.

The full freighter maximises freight capacity with a main deck designed for 45,000 pounds of payload and 3,844 cubic feet of total volume, and offering nine pallet positions.

Chisholm Enterprises is a provider of tailored aviation and business solutions in the Middle East. Its subsidiary, Texel Air, a non-scheduled cargo airline and maintenance repair organization, intends to operate the B737-700F from Bahrain International Airport.

Chisholm Enterprises chief executive officer, George Chisholm added: “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 (NG) Full Freighter to our fleet,”

“We are excited to work with PEMCO again and to see our NG fleet grow to support Texel Air’s expanding operations in Bahrain.”