Texel Air, an established private airline and MRO based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, announces the arrival of the latest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 737-700 FlexCombi, a first of a kind aircraft conversion developed to provide the most versatile third party cargo charter solution available in the market today.
The aircraft arrived at the Company’s private hangar at the Bahrain International Airport where it was greeted by H.E Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Transportation & Telecommunications alongside other VIPs and the management and Board members of Texel Air.
The aircraft, which will be based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, is unique in its ability to be configured in seven different ways for multiple purposes in a remarkably fast 48-hour time frame. The FlexCombi can switch seamlessly to operate humanitarian, government, express integrator and commercial flights from major airports to smaller remote runways with configuration flexibility achieved without compromise in cargo volumes and customized mission capability. In addition to cargo, the aircraft is able to transport up to 24 people and offers the option for medical evacuation flights using two specialty medical beds installed on the aircraft. The aircraft is able to load both civil (PAG) and (463L) pallets and its initial and planned configurations include:
- Cargo Mode: eight pallet positions and the passenger interior is fully removable.
- Combi 1: seven pallet positions and 12 economy seats
- Combi 2: six pallet positions and 24 economy seats
- Combi 3: six pallet positions and 12 economy, 4 business class seats (16 seats total)
- Combi 4: six pallet positions and 8 business class seats
- Combi 5: seven pallet positions and 4 business class seats
- MEDEVAC : six pallet positions, 2 Spectrum AEROMED stretchers and 6 economy seats
The FlexCombi also has a number of standard and optional features outside of the multiple interior configurations. These operational enhancements were researched and adopted to ensure the aircraft was able to meet both current and evolving requirements of the airline’s diverse customer base.
George Chisholm, Chief Executive Officer for Texel Air’s parent company Chisholm Enterprises, added, “We are delighted to welcome the arrival of our first-of-a-kind Boeing 737-700 FlexCombi to the Kingdom of Bahrain, where we have proudly grown from an organic start-up airline to a leading innovator in niche cargo operations serving the Middle East, North Africa