Philippines-based cargo airline PSI Air 2007 has added its first 737 freighter [FAT 005107]. The aircraft, a 737-300QC (23809, ex-Thai Express Air) manufactured in 1987, was ferried from U-Tapao (UTP) to Clark (CRK) earlier this month.
PSI Air 2007 tells Cargo Facts that it decided to acquire the 737 platform almost a year ago, as part of longer-term plans to move away from the single 727-200F (21249) it had been operating up until now. The airline is also in the process of finalizing plans for more 737 freighters and envisions additional frames being added in the second or third quarter of 2020.
PSI Air 2007 began operating unit 23809 on test flights this week, flying from the carrier’s base in CRK to Cebu (CEB) and Davao (DVO). PSI tells Cargo Facts that it intends to deploy the 737 on domestic routes such as CEB and DVO for now, but it is considering expanding the network to other regional Asian markets, especially when more aircraft are added to the fleet.
We note that a possible candidate for PSI Air 2007’s fleet is another 737-300QC (23810, ex-Mistral Air) which is currently parked at CRK. This frame was destined for Met Air, a company that doesn’t appear to have ever started up operations with the aircraft.
PSI Air 2007 isn’t the only airline in the country to operate a 737 in cargo configuration. SEAir International also flies a thirty-six-year-old 737-200C (23065, ex-Transworld Air Freighters) between CRK and CEB.