Pemco Conversions has penned a full freighter aircraft conversion program with Chisholm Enterprises, a Middle East-based provider of tailored aviation and business solutions.
The Boeing 737-700NG passenger-to-full freighter conversion is the company’s second for the aircraft type—the first of which was the B737-700 FlexCombi in 2018, which has a supplemental type certificate (STC) application pending. The company will amend the application to accommodate the latest conversion to streamline the process. Once Pemco obtains initial FAA approval, the company plans to certify both B737-700 conversion programs with EASA and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
“Building relationships with our customers and understanding their needs is the driving force behind our innovation and STC development,” explains Brady Templeton, president of Pemco parent company Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services. “The response and interest in our FlexCombi positioned us to deliver an additional model to satisfy demand in the narrowbody conversion market.”
The B737-700 conversion for Chisholm Enterprises will be inducted at Pemco Conversions’ headquarters in Tampa, Florida during Q2 2019. According to Mike Andrews, Pemco’s director, conversion programs, the conversion time will take approximately 90-120 days, although the time required for FAA certification will draw the project out to approximately 6 or 7 months. Andrews says that because Pemco is amending its existing 737-700 FlexCombi STC, only a small amount of engineering and new structure will need to be added to make the B737-700 for Chisholm a full freighter.
According to Andrews, the difference between this latest full freighter B737-700 conversion and the 737-700 FlexCombi is that the former is a full nine pallet freighter with a class E compartment on the main deck while the FlexCombi has a class C main deck compartment and the capability to carry six to eight pallets with between 12-24 passengers.
With more than 135 B737-300/400 conversions operating, a spokesperson for Pemco says the company is the industry leader in B737 passenger-to-freighter conversions.