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Bahrain airline to operate new Boeing conversion

WILMINGTON, OH. April 25, 2017. Bahrain-based Texel Air is the launch customer for a new conversion program by Pemco World Air Services for the B737-700. 

The charter airline, a subsidiary of MRO provider Chisholm Enterprises, will operate a 'FlexCombi' version of the aircraft, designated a B737-700FC.

TexelAir-Nov-2014The aircraft will have three configurations: a 24-passenger cabin plus six main deck pallet positions and a 30,000lbs payload; a 12-passenger cabin plus seven pallet positions to carry 35,000 lbs.; or a full-freighter version with eight pallet positions for a 40,000lbs payload.

A second version, the B737-700F, will have space for nine pallet positions to carry up to 45,000 pounds of cargo.

"We made a significant investment to develop our specification for the FlexCombi to meet our operational requirements," said Chisholm Enterprises CEO George Chisholm. "We have also worked with Pemco as the end customer for four previous B737-300 conversions including the current two aircraft in the Texel fleet. We have benefited from the trouble-free PEMCO cargo system since 2009. We are very confident of a successful partnership with PEMCO on the -700FC," he added.

Chisholm formed Texel Air in 2013 to carry - among other shipments - dangerous goods, live animals (including grooms), fuel and perishables for customers throughout the GCC region from Bahrain International Airport.

Pemco, now a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group that provides line-haul B767 services to Amazon Prime Air, expects to receive U.S. FAA certification for the two conversion types by mid-2018 followed by similar approvals from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

"This has been a very carefully thought out process for us," said Pemco general manager Pastor Lopez. "Operators have responded very favorably to our entry into this space."

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