Aug 03, 2016: Pemco World Air Services (PEMCO), global leading cargo conversion company, has redelivered its 100th B737-300 converted aircraft, which was modified for SF Airlines, the air cargo division of S.F. Express.
The 100th B737-300 conversion marks the 16th -300/-400 PEMCO-converted aircraft for SF Airlines with three more planned in 2016.
Liang Xi, VP of SF Airlines, said, “Since inducting the first B737 Classic in 2011, SF now operates 13 Classics all converted under PEMCO’s STC. By the end of the year, we expect the B737 Classic to surpass the B757 to become the largest SF fleet.”
PEMCO’s B737-300 conversion programme started in 1991 with launch customer L’Aeropostale (acquired by ASL Aviation Group).
For 25 years, PEMCO has provided B737-300 full-freighter and quick change conversions for customers all over the world, including China Postal Airlines EMS, Kahala Aviation, Swiftair, TNT Express, and Yangtze River Express Airlines.
“I started with PEMCO in 1988 as an A&P mechanic on the conversion program and I’m proud to see what our program has become - a global leader in narrow-body freighter conversion,” said Mike Andrews, director of conversion programs.
“I’m happy to celebrate our 100th conversion with longtime partner SF Airlines.”
Since 2006, PEMCO has redelivered over 50 B737-300 and -400 freighter modification projects to Chinese operators.
“It’s been a privilege to work so closely with our Asia customers and partners over the past 10 years. The 737-300F has been the cornerstone of our business in Asia and hitting 100 is a testament to all the hard working professionals at PEMCO and partner STAECO making it happen,” shared Bill Louthan, Cargo Conversions Program manager (Asia).
Pastor Lopez, CEO and King Shane, VP of Maintenance joined Andrews and Louthan in Jinan Shandong, China, to celebrate the 100th conversion.
Those on hand to celebrate the historic event included partner STAECO and customers China Postal Airlines EMS, Longhao Aviation Group, SF Airlines, and YTO Express Airlines.