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The 737-700C Convertible has the same hybrid airframe as the BBJ1 with -700 fuselage and -800 wings. It also has a forward cargo door a new cargo handling system and an increased gross weight. In the passenger layout, the 737-700C Quick Change can carry up to 149 passengers. In the cargo configuration, The 737-700C can carry up to 18,780 kg (41,420 pounds) of cargo on eight pallets and has a range of 2880nm. The ceiling, sidewalls and overhead bins remain in the interior while the airplane is configured for cargo.

The Quick Change option is simply a 737-700C with pallet-mounted seats. This reduces the conversion time from passenger to freighter configuration, and vice-versa, from 5 hours to 1 hour.

The Convertible program was launched in 1997 but has only had 3 civilian customers. Two were delivered to Saudi Aramco in 2001, one was delivered to SonAir in 2008 and two more have been delivered to Air Algerie, the last in 2016.

Most of the sales have been to the US military as the C-40 and one as a BBJC. Total sales are 21.

To summarise:

  • 737-700C - "Convertible" Baseline aircraft, -700 fuselage and -800 wings.
  • 737-700QC - A -700C with pallet-mounted seats
  • C-40A/B/C - US Navy designation for -700C
  • BBJC - A -700C with BBJ luxury interior for VIP or government.

737-700C (Photo: Boeing)

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*** Updated 17 Jan 2017 ***

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