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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.

PEMCO are also offering the following two 737 conversions for which certification is expected in 2020:

The 737-700FC "FlexCombi" by PEMCO offers three configurations: a 24-passenger cabin plus a 2,640-cubic-foot cargo hold for up to 30,000 pounds of payload in six pallet positions; a 12-passenger cabin plus a 3,005-cubic-foot cargo hold for up to 35,000 pounds of payload in seven pallet positions; or full-freighter mode consisting of a 3,370-cubic-foot cargo hold for up to 40,000 pounds of payload in eight pallet positions. The available positions will accommodate 88” x 125” or 88” x 108” pallets, with the seventh and eighth positions accommodating smaller pallets.

The B737-700F "Full freighter" PEMCO-converted aircraft features nine pallet positions, up to 45,000 pounds of payload, and 3,844 cubic feet of total volume. The available positions will accommodate 88” x 125” or 88” x 108” pallets, with the ninth position accommodating a smaller pallet.

In October 2017 IAI Bedek of Tel Aviv gained its FAA STC for conversion of 737-700s into freighters which they call the 737-700BDSF. The first example was for Alaskan.

To summarise:

  • 737-700C - "Convertible" New build baseline aircraft with -700 fuselage and -800 wings.
  • 737-700QC - A -700C with pallet-mounted seats
  • C-40A/B/C - US Navy designation for -700C
  • BBJC - Is a -700C with BBJ luxury interior for VIP or government.
  • 737-700FC - FlexCombi, three configuration combo conversion by PEMCO.
  • 737-700F - A nine pallet full freighter conversion by PEMCO.
  • 737-700BDSF - Bedek Special Freighter, ie a conversion by IAI Bedek.

737-700C (Photo: Boeing)

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PEMCO 737-700 freighters

The 737-700F (top) and 737-700FC from PEMCO

Speaking in May 2017 Pemco said that it expects a demand for hundreds of 737-700F's because they fill a gap between older classic 737Fs and more-expensive 737-800Fs, You can get a used 737-700 for between $10 million and $12 million, compared to about $4 million for a 737-400 and $18 million for a 737-800, Also, availability of 737-300s/400s will dry up by 2019 as the type is phased out.

The first 737-700BDSF under conversion by IAI Bedek

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