Additional Boeing 737s for Colombia
The Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (FAC, Colombian Air Force) is in the process of adding two Boeing 737 to its transport fleet. Two Boeing 737-732 models have been ordered with AAR-group late last year, and both have been noted at Oklahoma City-Will Rogers (OK) recently, where they receive modifications worth around 8 million USD before entering service.
The two 737s will be used for transportation with the Comando Aéreo de Transporte Militar (CATAM) from Bogota-El Dorado, and their purchase will likely see the last operational Boeing 727 FAC1204 Vulcano being retired.
Colombia already operates a fleet of three Boeing 737s. One, FAC0001 for presidential use, was taken on strength in 2005, and FAC1208 Atlas and FAC1209 Cronos, for transportation of both personnel and cargo. The latter two were also acquired from AAR, and were designated C-40 after being taken in service in Colombia in 2013.
The two newly acquired 737s were both formerly operated by Delta Air Lines (N306DQ, msn 29633 and N302DQ, msn 29648) and received serials FAC1219 Muisca and FAC1220 respectively. The name of the latter is as of yet unknown to us.
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