PEMCO Makes Progress on B737-700 Conversions

B737-700FC and B737-700F
Credit: ATSG

ATSG subsidiary PEMCO Conversions has received FAA approval for its Boeing 737-700 Passenger-to-FlexCombi conversion, which was initially launched in April 2017 and delayed due to the 2018 U.S. government shutdown, 737 MAX groundings and COVID-19 crisis.

PEMCO was issued a supplemental type certificate for its unique B737-700FC design, which offers customers two main deck freight and passenger configurations as well as a full freighter mode. The passenger-freighter combinations allow either a 24-seat cabin with a 2,640 ft.3 cargo hold for up to 30,00 lb. of payload in six pallet positions or a 12-seat cabin with a 3,005 ft.3 cargo hold for up to 35,000 lb. of payload in seven pallet positions. In full freighter mode, the conversion features a 3,370 ft.3 cargo hold for up to 40,000 lb. of payload in eight pallet positions.

According to a representative for PEMCO, customers can switch between the FlexCombi configurations as desired. Changes between configurations take approximately 24-48 hr. to complete at PEMCO’S facility in Tampa, Florida.

The launch customer for the B737-700FC is Bahrain-based Chisholm Enterprises, which has previously worked with PEMCO on four B737-300 conversions—most recently a 737-700 full freighter modification that was inducted at PEMCO’s Tampa headquarters in 2019. Chisholm’s cargo subsidiary Texel Air will operate the B737-700FC aircraft from Bahrain International Airport. The aircraft is in the process of being certified in Bahrain.

PEMCO now plans to seek certification for the B737-700FC conversion from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Civil Aviation Administration of China. It is also developing a B737-700F full freighter conversion program, which would feature nine pallet positions, up to 45,000 lb. of payload and 3,844 ft.3 of total cargo volume.

Lindsay Bjerregaard

Lindsay Bjerregaard is managing editor for Aviation Week’s MRO portfolio. Her coverage focuses on MRO technology, workforce, and product and service news for, Aviation Week Marketplace and Inside MRO.