PEMCO Redelivers First of Two 737-400 COMBIs to First Air
TAMPA, FL (February 5, 2014) – PEMCO World Air Services (PEMCO) is proud to announce the redelivery of a 737-400 Combi aircraft to First Air, the first of two conversion projects for the Ottawa headquartered carrier. This versatile, PEMCO-built Combi will be used primarily within Northern Canada, providing a unique combination of cargo and passenger services.
This latest PEMCO delivery is a 737-400 Combi capable of simultaneously carrying four and a half pallets of freight and 72 passengers. The functional capability of this converted aircraft makes it ideal for accomplishing unique and difficult missions for First Air.
“First Air selected PEMCO to provide custom built Combi aircraft for our growing fleet because of PEMCO’s reliability, innovation, highly-trained personnel and the company’s attention to detail. This aircraft will provide greater comfort to our passengers and cargo capacity on our Montreal-Kuujjuaq route,” said Brock Friesen, CEO of First Air. “We are confident in PEMCO’s ability to deliver quality, state-of-the-art aircraft. They have become a trusted partner in the expansion of First Air.”
“PEMCO is pleased we were selected by First Air, one of Canada’s leading air carriers and we’re proud to be a part of First Air’s continued success as they begin operation of Canada’s first B737-400 Combis. PEMCO’s converted aircraft have a proven track record of extreme durability and dispatch reliability in the demanding operating climates of Alaska, Iceland, Siberia and Africa. As a result, operators in these environments are able to keep flying while lesser airplanes are grounded,” said PEMCO president Kevin Casey.
About First Air: First Air serves the cargo and travel needs of more northern communities than any other air carrier in Canada. Their scheduled service carries approximately 225,000 passengers and over 22 million kilograms of freight and mail over its vast and comprehensive route system, which connects 30 northern communities with major centers: Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton. The company currently employs over 1000 people, of which more than 450 live and work in the “North”.
About PEMCO World Air Services: With five decades of tested and proven aircraft support, PEMCO is a major provider of aircraft maintenance and engineered services to commercial air carriers in North America. PEMCO has become an undisputed world leader in passenger-‐to-‐freighter conversions (second only to Boeing). PEMCO is headquartered in Tampa, Florida with partner operations in Asia. For more information, please visit www.pemcoair.com or call +1‐813‐322‐9600.
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