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Chinese postal service orders converted aircraft

By control on September 10, 2013

China’s postal service ordered an additional five 737 passenger-to-freighter conversions from PEMCO World Air Services.

The conversion project with the global MRO and aircraft conversion provider begins September.

This deal follows the recent redelivery of PEMCO’s tenth freighter, an 11-position 737-400F for Beijing-based China Postal Airlines (CPA).

By this time next year, China Postal's fleet will include 15 PEMCO-modified 737-300F and 737-400F aircraft. The first two 737-300 aircraft are scheduled for induction in September, with the remaining three being converted in 2014.

The conversions will be performed at STAECO's Jinan, China facility, PEMCO's partner on more than 40 Boeing 737-300 and -400 freighter modification projects.

The 737-300F can haul 334 square meters (3,600 square feet) of main-deck cargo weighing up to 19,550 kilograms (43,100 pounds).

"We are humbled and grateful for China Postal's loyalty in building its express freighter fleet with PEMCO 737-300/400 freighters. It reflects well on the program and is testament to the professionalism and expertise of the many fine men and women involved on both sides of the Pacific," PEMCO President Kevin Casey said. "Together with our teammates at STAECO, this strategic deal delivers the right product at the right economics and builds on our long-running partnership with CPA. It also underscores the effectiveness of our STAECO collaboration, which is now approaching 45 conversions together in just the past seven years."