National Airlines to operate five Boeing 757-200 combi aircraft

National Airlines (5th) (National Air Cargo) (Ypsilanti) is planning to operate a total of five converted Boeing 757-200 combi aircraft. The first four are in the conversion process. The first aircraft is ex-AeroGal Boeing 757-236 HC-CHC (msn 25592) now registered as N169CA.

Pemco World Air Services has disclosed details of a project to convert four 757-200 passenger aircraft to Combi configuration. The base modification combines Pemco’s 757 freighter conversion with the successful 737-400 Combi modification which Pemco designed, built and certified in 2006 for Alaska Airlines.

The 757C launch project will involve a total of five National Airlines airplanes and includes installation of a large cargo door and freight handling system, provisions for Class C cargo compartment with automatic fire detection and suppression, installation of an in-flight entertainment system in the passenger compartment, modification of the flight deck to state of the art glass instrumentation, and a full heavy maintenance visit including paint.

Pemco inducted the first of the Combi units in June of this year, and says that the conversion work has gone more quickly than anticipated. Pemco expects to begin ground and flight testing by year end, and to achieve FAA certification of the 757 Combi in the first quarter 2011. NAC’s second 757-200 was inducted into conversion in August, the third followed in mid-September and the fourth in October. The first four aircraft are Rolls-powered and 180 minutes ETOPS capable.

The initial Combi configuration developed for National Airlines has 10 pallet positions in a Class C cargo compartment, a well-appointed passenger compartment, two full galleys, and accommodations for multiple supernumerary personnel. Pemco says the payload will be about 36 tons and the range will be comparable to passenger aircraft.

Pemco purchased the Alcoa-SIE 14.5-pallet 757-200 passenger-to- full freighter conversion program last year. Pemco has since leveraged its own successful 737-400 Combi program, and together with SIE, developed the 757 Combi conversion program.

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