Rostrum Leasing has secured commitments for two of its recently converted 737-300Fs, the Ireland-based lessor confirmed to Cargo Facts. The two PEMCO-converted frames (27713 and 28401, both ex-Southwest) are due to be redelivered in October 2019 to an operator based in Asia [FATs 005147 and 005148].
Unit 27713, manufactured in December 1996, was converted in Tampa (TPA), while unit 28401, manufactured in September 1997, was converted at the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co., Ltd. (STAECO) facility in Jinan (TNA).
A number of operators could be the potential recipient of the two 737-300Fs. Most recently, Philippines-based PSI Air 2007 added its first 737 freighter in the form of a 737-300QC and is looking to expand its fleet with more 737Fs. Startup carrier Mongolian Airways Cargo, which acquired its first 737-300F in July 2019, told Cargo Facts in August that it was planning to add more. Indonesia-based My Indo Airlines, which added its first 737-400F in July, already operates the 737-300F platform. The 737-300Fs might also make their way to new Chinese carrier Zhongzhou Airlines, which was approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in January 2019 and will be based in Zhengzhou (CGO).
Rostrum said that it is currently in discussions with several parties for its two other 737-300Fs (28398 and 27710). Unit 28398 was manufactured in August 1997 and converted at STAECO, while unit 27710 was built in October 1996 and is undergoing conversion, having been inducted in TPA in July 2019.
PEMCO previously told Cargo Facts that Rostrum has an option for four additional 737-300 conversions, which Rostrum could exercise with its portfolio of ex-Southwest 737-300s in storage at Victorville (VCV).
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