Texel Air, the private airline and MRO based in Bahrain, announced the arrival of the latest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 737-700 FlexCombi.
The aircraft, which is said to be the first of its kind globally, has been developed to provide the most versatile third party cargo charter solution available in the market today.
It arrived in the Company’s private hangar at the Bahrain International Airport where it was greeted by engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Transportation & Telecommunications, alongside other VIPs and the management and board members of Texel Air.
The minister, who was pleased to welcome Texel Air’s new aircraft to Bahrain, said: "This is an innovation milestone for our aviation industry and is a reflection of Bahrain’s conducive investment environment and advanced regulations in the industry. The new aircraft presents a brand new offering to the airline industry and we are very proud that Bahrain is the launchpad for this. It is an example of how Bahrain is not only a good place to establish a business, but also to grow it successfully."
What makes the aircraft unique is its ability to be configured in seven different ways for multiple purposes in a remarkably fast 48-hour time frame.
It 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 customised mission capability.
In addition to cargo, the aircraft is able to transport up to 24 people as well as offering the option for medical evacuation flights using two speciality medical beds installed on the aircraft.
It was developed in partnership with PEMCO World Air Services (Tampa USA).