The first Boeing 737 to be converted to an airtanker for firefighting has completed testing and is being deployed to Australia on its first operational contract. The aircraft is one of six former Southwest Airlines 737-300s slated to be modified and operated by British Columbia-based Coulson Aircrane. Headquartered in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, Coulson has received a C$3.4 million ($2.6 million) repayable loan from the Canadian government to support its 737 conversion program. The ...

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