Vallair, the aircraft trading, leasing and specialist MRO organisation, has completed delivery of their first Boeing 737-400F to Guangdong Longhao Aviation Group of China for a Boeing 737CL.
The aircraft (c/n 27916) was previously operated by Japan Transocean Airlines and was converted at Gameco in Guangzhou under a Pemco supplementary type certificate.
The jet joins Guangdong Longhao Aviation Group’s existing fleet of five B737-300F using its own fleet, as well as leased aircraft. Its mission is to become southern China’s preferred neutral asset provider of freighter aircraft capacity.
Longhao Airlines Ltd is a Chinese cargo carrier based at Guangzhou Airport. The carrier operates freight services on domestic and international sectors, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
The aircraft is one of a number of Boeing 737s Vallair has purchased for cargo conversion, and it is the first Vallair 737-400 to be converted at Gameco’s facility.
Norbert Marx, CEO of Gameco, said: “Since entering our co-operation with Pemco, Vallair is our first customer for cargo conversion under the Pemco STC in Guangzhou. Our technical team has worked closely with Vallair’s cargo conversion specialists to ensure that Longhao has the optimum aircraft for their needs. Our chosen provider partnership with Vallair in the Asia region establishes a strong commitment to timely completions of the highest standard and the whole team of engineers and technicians at Gameco is extremely proud to deliver this great aircraft.”
Peter Koster, Head of Cargo Conversions at Vallair, said: “Vallair takes a long-term view with regard to its Chinese portfolio, we are carefully building a fleet of Boeing and Airbus commercial aircraft that will form the bedrock of our cargo conversion programme. As these mature aircraft come to the end of their operational lease agreements we are extending the life of these assets in the most economically beneficial way through our cost-effective conversion programme.”